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IRP Poverty Dispatch

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

March 6, 2020

State has wasted time and money on “ill-advised” work requirements for Healthy Michigan program, says Robert Gordon, head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


A major part of the Affordable Care Act — the expansion of the Medicaid program — may be linked to lower rates of women dying in pregnancy, childbirth or about six weeks postpartum, according to a new study.


A sick day? Remote work? Not so easy if your job is at a restaurant, a day care center or a construction site.


The Trump administration’s proposed changes to assistance programs could raise the federal poverty level and make it harder to be considered poor.


A bookkeeping change at the department will cut thousands of dollars in aid to some of the poorest, most isolated schools in the country.


“Clearly, more needs to be done,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor for the Minnesota State higher-education system, who called the findings “eye-opening.”


Legal immigrants are giving up their food stamps for fear of being targeted and kicked out of the country.


“The narrative that we’re hoping to share with America is that this is a uniquely American community that was created by American forces, and that this is our call for our country to also be responsive and responsible,” one nonprofit director said.


Lacking housing means reduced stability for returning citizens, and a lack of stability contributes to many people returning to actions that got them in prison in the first place.


Nine in 10 local housing authorities say they’re doing well at helping the poor find housing in nice areas. But those who use Section 8 vouchers say the process is “hell.”


February 28, 2020

“Does the federal government have the actual authority to do that?”



Abbott says the homeless need mental health care. Advocates say Medicaid expansion would help


The Missouri House of Representatives’ Health and Mental Health Policy Committee on Monday afternoon heard public testimony on a bill that would place eligible children in Mo HealthNet for one-year periods.


UnitedHealthcare is dropping hundreds of other doctors in its central and northern New Jersey Medicaid physician network. The move is forcing thousands of low-income patients to forsake longtime physicians. The insurer has been barred by the state from signing up new Medicaid clients.


Texas spent about $862 million in federal and state funds from a program for families in need, according to a new report . But only 6% of those funds were


When some fast-food workers in New York went on strike one morning in 2012, they had no idea it was the beginning of an unusual movement that would propel an economic revolution.


Nationally, among the 6.5 million custodial single parents who were awarded child support in 2015, only 43.5% received all of the child support money that was due.


In the midst of a punishing housing crisis and deepening concerns about displacement, a program to give free legal advice to those facing eviction helped nearly 730 people stay in their homes in a six-month span last year. But enabling universal access to a full menu of services requires more investment, Supervisor Dean Preston said.



February 21, 2020

Starting Monday, low-income immigrants who are on public benefits— or will one day need them— will be denied a visa or green card, despite having entered the U.S. legally.


The pending federal rule changes could push a million kids off free or reduced-price school meals, at least temporarily.


Small rural hospital administrators are concerned that if the changes go through, they may have to close, one expert said.


Kids need at least 14 doctor visits by age 6, pediatricians say.


Louisiana’s health department has sent nearly 24,000 Medicaid recipients letters warning they will lose coverage if they don’t prove they qualify for the program, marking a full year of a


Advocates for the poor sound alarm as the GOP-led Legislature weighs plans to limit access to most social welfare programs.


The president has reveled in the declines in Americans receiving aid from several government programs in recent years, citing his economic policies as a catalyst.


The firm that staffed the emergency room with doctors at Nashville General Hospital was taking more patients to court for unpaid medical bills than any other hospital or practice in the city.


Half of all charity care in Chicago falls to one health system.


Georgia’s maternal mortality rate is higher than the U.S. average. A Medicaid limit and OBGYN shortage in rural areas are factors.


“We’re losing a shocking number of mothers each year.”


A lot is riding on the experiment, because the sickest 1 percent of the population accounted for 22 percent of $3.3 trillion in national health-care spending, according to a recent federal estimate.


At community colleges, many students are spending nights on friends’ couches or sleeping in cars. Advocates are pushing for solutions, including safer places to park overnight.