Fact of the Week: Child Poverty Rates Top 50 Percent in More Than 40 U.S. Counties

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December 19, 2014

At least one out of every two kids is poor in more than 40 counties in America, data released Wednesday by the Census Bureau revealed. The 2013 data is from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, which provides one-year income and poverty statistics for all 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 school districts Read More »

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Expand Medicaid Now

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December 16, 2014

Medicaid expansion is critical to achieving the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) goal of providing access to affordable health coverage. The expansion was originally intended to be required of all states participating in the Medicaid program, but the 2012 Supreme Court ruled it optional. This has led 23 states to refuse to participate as of this Read More »

Categories: Health, Medicaid

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Health for All

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December 12, 2014

Health care is important because….. While the Affordable Care Act is already improving the health and lives of millions of Americans, more than 40 million people in the United States still do not have health insurance. As a result, millions aren’t getting the care they need, jeopardizing both their health and their economic security. Minorities are Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Medicare

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Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General

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December 11, 2014

The Senate should not go home without confirming Dr. Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General.  He has been endorsed by over 100 health organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Public Health Association, and many associations representing physicians, nurses, and public health experts.  Throughout his career, he has founded organizations that have done effective work Read More »

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Fact of the Week: Young Adults More Likely to Be Poor Now than in 1980

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December 10, 2014

New data released by the Census Bureau last Thursday show that young adults age 18-34 are more likely to live in poverty now than they were in 1980. The Census Explorer’s Young Adults: Then and Now looks how this age group has changed in the last several decades in a number of different categories, including Read More »

Categories: Economy, Housing and Homelessness, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, Social Services, Unemployment Insurance

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CTJ Report: Extenders Bill is a Wasteful Corporate Giveaway

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December 5, 2014

[Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the Tax Justice Blog, a project of Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, on Dec. 4. For additional information on the tax extenders bill, see CHN’s recent post, “Congress Almost Serves Up a Turkey of a Tax Bill…But President Obama Gives Read More »

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Head Smacker: House Extremists Waste Precious Time on Bill to Harm Millions of Immigrants

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December 4, 2014

In his prime-time address announcing his executive action on immigration, President Obama challenged Congress – particularly those who oppose his action – to “pass a bill.” Today, the House took up that challenge. Unfortunately, they didn’t vote on the comprehensive immigration bill the Senate passed with strong bipartisan support well over a year ago, though. Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Immigration

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Fact of the Week: Cash Assistance Programs Help Children, Even into Adulthood

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December 2, 2014

As I was getting ready for work one day last month, I heard a story on NPR that caught my attention. It caught the attention of my boss, Deborah Weinstein, too, and we talked about it shortly after we both arrived at work that morning. The story involved NPR’s Shankar Vedantam and Steve Inskeep discussing Read More »

Categories: Income Support, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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Congress Almost Serves Up a Turkey of a Tax Bill…But President Obama Gives it the Bird

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November 27, 2014

While many of us were getting ready for guests or to travel to family, reports surfaced that Senate Majority Leader Reid and some of his colleagues were working out a deal with House tax-writers to extend about $450 billion in tax cuts that would otherwise expire at the end of this year. Some would be Read More »

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Fact of the Week: Child Homelessness at Historic High in U.S.

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November 26, 2014

Imagine an elementary school classroom with roughly 30 kids in it, seated at their desks. Pick out and focus on one kid until you can see his or her face. Now imagine that kid is homeless. And not just that kid, but a kid just like him or her in every single classroom or day Read More »

Categories: Child Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income

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