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

May 13 – 17, 2019

A CDC survey shows that 1.1 million more Americans were uninsured in 2018, an increase fueled by changes to the Affordable Care Act.


On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation’s first “public option” health insurance bill. Other states aren’t far behind.


Indiana could become the first state to offer up to $1,000 over 12 months to soften the pinch of healthcare costs to people who leave Medicaid.


No region has as many high-disparity states clustered together as the South.


Evictions rates were substantially higher in Chicago’s majority African American neighborhoods, the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing found in a report.


Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix up buildings that have fallen into disrepair nationwide. The Trump administration is calling for more private investment.


A proposed rule would target, and likely displace, thousands of immigrant families in New York City.


The Illinois Senate is poised to vote on a bill, already approved by the House, to allow some food stamp recipients to redeem benefits at restaurants.


Starting in June, the state will end a decades-old rule that excludes people receiving certain cash benefits from food stamps.


Steady economic growth hasn’t lifted the fortunes of millions of Americans amid mounting housing and medical costs