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CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020

The 3 million kids are missing edition. The coronavirus pandemic has not hit everyone equally. We know that Latinx and Black households are most adversely affected, both in the workplace and in susceptibility to COVID-19. Women, too, have been hit hard, the pandemic’s effects exacerbated by their familiar role as primary caregivers as well as their over-representation in the decimated service industries. But there is a whole other population at risk – children and young people. This week, a groundbreaking study was released that estimates 3 million of the most educationally marginalized children have not seen the inside of a classroom – virtual or in-person – since last March, when most schools shut down. Many of these 3 million are kids with disabilities, English learners, students in foster care, migrant students, and homeless students.

CLASP: Public policy was already failing young people — pandemic is making it worse
October 23, 2020

We can’t wait for economic justice. We can’t wait for healing and wellbeing. We can’t wait for safe communities. It is time for a New Deal for Youth that responds to the historic roots and current scale of the crisis. When the once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe is over, our future as a nation will depend on how intentionally we support and invest in this generation.

Report: Even before the pandemic, the number of uninsured children rose, wiping out gains made under ACA 
October 21, 2020

The number of children without health coverage in the U.S. increased by about 726,000 between 2016 and 2019, bringing the total to more than 4 million uninsured children and reversing years of national progress, a new report finds. The report, issued earlier this month by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, concludes that many of the gains in coverage made as a result of the Affordable Care Act’s major expansions, implemented in 2014, have now been eliminated.

CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020

The over the cliff edition. President Trump and Senate Republicans, exuberant over a certain Supreme Court vacancy but considerably less so when it comes to helping Americans to eat or pay rent, are prepared to push millions over the cliff. More than 13.4 million people currently receiving unemployment benefits stand to lose assistance come Dec. 31. Three out of every four states have run out of money to pay for Trump’s Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. New poverty data shows the number of poor people in this country increasing dramatically since May. And, as always, not everyone is being tossed over the cliff equally. Black people and Latinx are more than twice as likely as white people to be poor. Both groups disproportionately work in industries hard-hit by the recession and may face barriers to aid – if it even exists.

CHN: COVID Relief Package Remains Elusive
October 26, 2020
While millions of Americans continue to suffer economic hardship brought on or worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, the possibility of passing another relief bill in Congress before the election looks unlikely. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continued talks throughout the week last week, but a…
CHN: Senate Moves to Confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett; Hot-button Issues Await
October 26, 2020
Voting mostly along party lines, the Senate on Oct. 25 voted (51-48) to end debate and move forward with the confirmation vote to put Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) joined all Democrats and Independents in opposing the…
CHN: 2020 Census Count Ends, but Advocates’ Work Continues
October 26, 2020
While a Supreme Court decision on Oct. 13 allowed the Trump Administration to end the 2020 Census count on Oct. 15, advocates’ work on the important decennial count continues. The decision suspended a lower court order allowing the head count to continue through Oct. 31, and the Census Bureau is…
CHN: In Blistering Ruling, U.S. District Judge Strikes Trump Administration’s Proposed SNAP Cuts
October 26, 2020
A U.S. District Court has struck down an effort by the Trump Administration that could have cut SNAP benefits for 700,000 or more jobless Americans. In a 67-page opinion described by the Washington Post as “scathing,” U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failing…

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