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

October 29 – November 2, 2018

“The underlying fundamentals of the labor market are still really bright,” an economist said after the last official pre-election economic reading.


Economy adds 250,000 jobs in October. The employment report is the last before midterm elections. Economists expected 200,000 payroll gains


The potential health and economic consequences of a trend associated with states that have turned down Medicaid expansion.


Iowa hospitals are no longer being fully reimbursed for ER care if the primary symptoms the patient initially reported turn out not to be an emergency.


Ballot initiatives in Utah, Nebraska and Idaho will determine whether to expand Medicaid, after legislators refused to do so. Montanans will vote on whether to keep the state’s expansion intact.


Federal health officials, however, rebuffed an unprecedented effort by Wisconsin to impose drug tests on Medicaid applicants.


The Trump administration Wednesday granted Wisconsin’s request to impose work requirements in its Medicaid program — the first such approval for a state that has not fully expanded Medicaid.


SNAP provides nutrition assistance for about 42 million Americans, but critics say now is the time to restructure the $70 billion annual program in a way that promotes healthier food choices.


A wife and husband have extended her father’s legacy by keeping the Nelsonville Food Cupboard going. But it’s now more than an emergency stopgap. It’s a lifeline.


Aid is welcome, food banks say, but government’s bailout hasn’t accounted for the logistics.


Babies Born Healthy, a state-funded community health program, seeks to reverse high infant mortality rates among poor and minority communities in Cockeysville and Owings Mills.


Unemployment is low and the economy is growing at a healthy pace, but about three-quarters of Americans have financial problems, according to a survey released Thursday by USC and the nonprofit Center for Financial Services Innovation.