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CHN’s latest Human Needs Report: Budget season begins, possible aid for Puerto Rico, more border wall shenanigans
January 28, 2020

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress’s FY21 budget talks, disaster aid for Puerto Rico, diverting funds to the border wall, recent immigration rulings, and more.

The Real Story on Trump and Cuts to Essential Programs
January 24, 2020

President Trump was asked by very friendly interviewer Joe Kernen of CNBC, will “entitlements ever be on your plate?”  The President replied, “At some point they will be.” And, when asked whether he’d “do some of the things that you said you wouldn’t do in the past” (specifically, Medicare), he…

One year and counting in the fight to protect immigrant families
January 23, 2020

2019 was a transformative year for administrative activism through the one-two punch of comments and litigation. Although our block-and-delay tactics have resulted in some early successes, we’re experiencing the ups and downs that come with litigation and the appeals process. We’ve also seen that injunctions alone aren’t enough to eliminate the intense fear that’s been building in immigrant communities since the start of the Trump Administration. We know that the proposals are designed to make immigrants and people of color feel afraid and unwelcome.

Study: Southern states that expanded Medicaid have better health outcomes than non-expansion states
January 21, 2020

In Southern states in the U.S. that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, adults experienced low rates of decline in both physical and mental health compared with adults living in states that did not opt for Medicaid expansion. That’s the finding of a new study published this month in the journal Health Affairs. The study, conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, could create new incentives in the 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid to do so.

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