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

September 9 – 13, 2019

While the poverty rate finally fell to prerecession levels in 2018, the number of people without health insurance increased, and about one in eight Americans still lived below the poverty line.


New census data show poverty dropping again, but more Americans lack health insurance.


The Trump administration found much to praise in the Census reports, while poverty experts saw cracks and caveats among the flood of good-news statistics.


Median household income was stagnant last year as poverty fell. Fewer Americans had health insurance


The drop, despite a strong economy, was the first since 2009 and at least partly caused by efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act.


Thirty-six states plus the District of Columbia saw declines in child enrollment.


The Government Accountability Office, which looked at the relationship between income, wealth and longevity, found that poor people are living shorter lives and the rich are living longer.


Nearly two-thirds of program alumni no longer live in Cambridge’s public housing, a key goal of Work Force to instill financial self-sufficiency.


Hundreds of Native children have been removed from their opioid-addicted parents.


“We have gotten the message that the answer (to fewer foster care cases) is prevention,” said Nikki Farago, the assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


Proponents, critics in South Carolina disagree over whether a work requirement will help Medicaid recipients or cause them to lose coverage.


For many participants, the program that provides health care to millions of low-income Americans isn’t free. It’s a loan. And the government expects to be repaid.


When the letter arrived earlier this summer, Lily Rose Krugly had been living in the duplex for 15 years.


Nearly a third of U.S. homeless people are living with serious, untreated mental illness.