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

May 20 -24, 2019

Infant mortality rates have dropped in expansion states and risen in nonexpansion states.


By looking at the difference between women’s insurance coverage and the health outcomes of moms and babies, researchers at Georgetown University Center for Children and Families show that states that have not expanded Medicaid have worse maternal and infant health outcomes compared to the states that have expanded Medicaid.


Religious and ideological opposition to vaccines has fueled the current measles outbreak. But there’s another factor driving low vaccination rates in some communities: poverty.


New studies shed light on how low-income children can beat the odds that are against them in school and beyond.


There’s a problem with the Trump administration’s proposal that Secretary Ben Carson defended before Congress on Tuesday. Local authorities don’t want to enforce it.


LAX airport noise has plagued a nearby Inglewood neighborhood that the city bypassed when it spent millions soundproofing homes in wealthier areas.


Gov. Newsom wants to give cities and counties $650 million to get homeless people into housing quickly. But the status quo is unlikely to change anytime soon.


Higher education officials are calling on Congress to fix a provision in the Trump administration’s tax overhaul that has caused unintended tax increases.



Trump signed a memorandum requiring the sponsors of legal immigrants to reimburse the government for any safety net programs they benefit from.