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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

July 22 – 26, 2019

Medicaid would no longer be an entitlement program.


Missouri Democrats want legislative investigations to find out why 120,000 people fell off the state’s Medicaid rolls. Republican governor Mike Parson’s administration has given several reasons.


Walk-in help is part of Democratic Governor Laura Kelly’s effort to unwind changes her Republican predecessor, Sam Brownback, made to the Medicaid application process that resulted in delays and complaints.


After two rounds of quarterly wage checks that are part of a new eligibility system for Louisiana’s Medicaid program, the number of people enrolled in Medicaid expansion in the state


The administration wants to close what it calls a “loophole” that allows states to give benefits to those who would not otherwise be eligible by raising or eliminating income and asset limits.


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says a proposed USDA rule change could push 25,000 Wisconsinites out of the federal food benefit program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


As the crisis of homelessness worsens in many major urban areas, the Trump administration has proposed deep cuts in the federal housing budget and has walked back Obama-era policies aimed at homelessness, making the problem worse, many experts say.


Co-chairs of a task force on homelessness want a right-to-shelter requirement. But building large shelters and forcing people indoors may prove difficult.


SEPTA’s transfer fees and the distribution of jobs in the region combine to make commuting by public transit more expensive in Philadelphia for the people who can least afford it, a new Pew study finds.