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IRP Poverty Dispatch

Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

November 12 – 16, 2018

Researchers call for an extension of services beyond the age of 18.


Texas children lag behind their peers across the country in educational opportunities, access to health care and financial security, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.


Small schools and high poverty schools are putting their students at the biggest disadvantage, according to a new report.


Tennessee’s reluctance to talk race has been challenged by the disproportionate graduation rates of low-income students throughout the state.


Researchers found eviction rates are disproportionately high in minority communities.


All homebuyers face a tough housing market, but larger shares of black and Hispanic buyers had to surmount more obstacles than white buyers.


While HUD Secretary Ben Carson pledged to fix low-income housing, the number of properties cited for health and safety violations has been on the rise.


As a company owned by the world’s richest man prepares to transform Long Island City, tenants of the Queensbridge Houses worry that they’ll be left behind.


Analysis: Thousands of well-behaved prisoners would win freedom earlier under the bill.


The hunger numbers reflect a level of hardship in Philadelphia that conflicts with national trends.


Arkansas has removed more than 12,000 people from its expanded Medicaid program over the past three months for not complying with a new work requirement.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may now allow for states to pursue Medicaid reimbursements for short-term inpatient treatment in mental health facilities despite a decades-old exclusion, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday.


Over the next nine years, St. Paul will roll out increases to the minimum wage, mirroring the Minneapolis plan but on a slower time-frame.


The minimum wage for upstate New York will reach $12.50 at the start of 2021, and will increase by a determined amount each year until reaching $15.


November 5 – 9, 2018

Democratic gains in state elections and several Medicaid ballot measures may open up coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans currently shut out of Medicaid in historically conservative states.


Voters in Idaho, Utah and Nebraska approved ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid, overcoming roadblocks that had kept an estimated 300,000 people from obtaining coverage.


Wisconsin just got approval to implement the new rule, and it will take effect in two other states in January. Meanwhile, more than 8,000 people have lost health insurance in Arkansas — many who may comply with the rule but not know about it.


“Every Medicaid program in the country should be investigating what the hell is going on” with PBMs, said attorney Linda Cahn, a fierce critic of the industry.


Missouri and Arkansas approve ballot measures to boost minimum wages for about 1 million workers


Consumer advocates, who have long targeted the payday lending industry, said they were glad to see alternatives to payday loans available but urged caution about their usage.


If a popular app used by many farmers markets to process federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits is no longer offered next spring, consumers’ access to fresh produce may be stalled.


Washington • Utah made national headlines years ago for working to ensure nearly every chronically homeless veteran had a place to live, but a new national study shows that while across America more former members of the military are being housed, Utah’s homeless veteran rate has ticked up slightly.


In Kansas City, Mo., a project for former service members could become a model for other communities.


The miniature houses, just a few hundred square feet each, would be cheap to build and highly affordable, appealing to the growing number of low-income people shut out of the metro area’s housing market.


The research illustrates how the kinds of disasters that are exacerbated by climate change often hit people of color and the poor the hardest.


Florida voters passed Amendment 4 when they cast their general election ballots Nov. 6. Here’s an explanation of what it means for about 1.2 million felons who have completed their sentences.


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.