Trump’s Medicaid Work Requirements: Meet Real Life


January 12, 2018

“There’s a stereotype that disability recipients don’t want to work. The reality is very different.” On Jan. 10, the Washington Post published a piece highlighting five Americans who receive federal disability benefits; the quote above is from that piece. Many of the people highlighted in the story talk about how they would like to work, Read More »

Categories: Health, Labor and Employment, Medicaid

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Human Needs Report: What Congress Did – and Didn’t Do – at the End of 2017, and What’s on Tap for Early 2018


January 11, 2018

A lot happened on Capitol Hill right before the holiday break, while many other issues were kicked down the road and remain on the Congressional agenda for early 2018. Where do things stand? CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a brief rundown on Congress’s spending work, the tax cut Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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An affront to democracy


January 10, 2018

During the last week of December, with the halls of the U.S. Capitol nearly empty and millions of Americans paying attention to anything but the news, word emerged that a Department of Justice official formally has asked the Census Bureau to add a question to the 2020 Census about respondents’ citizenship status. This proposal has Read More »

Categories: Census, Immigration


Immoral and un-American: Immigrant communities deserve the opportunity to grow, thrive, invent and contribute


January 9, 2018

Editor’s note: CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein issued the following statement Tuesday, Jan. 9 in response to the Trump administration’s announcement that it would end work authorization and legal protection for nearly 200,000 El Salvadorans living in the U.S.: “On Monday the Trump administration announced the latest step in its assault against immigrant communities in Read More »

Categories: Immigration


America’s deep freeze is no time to be stingy about heating homes of the poor


January 5, 2018

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published by CNN on January 4.  Low-income families struggle to pay their home energy bills in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. Record cold temperatures are bearing down along the East Coast and across the Midwest, and, based on US Energy Information Administration Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Home Energy Assistance, Housing and Homelessness, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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Cuts by any other name


January 5, 2018

Over the holidays, Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, had an interesting op-ed published in the Washington Post. His New Year’s resolution to journalists and others: When talking about changes to the programs that make up our country’s safety net, do not say “reform” when what many in Congress Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Medicare, SNAP, Social Services

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If our children are so ‘precious,’ we must invest in them


January 3, 2018

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle on December 23, 2017. We often hear how “precious” a child is, what a “treasure” she is, and how our kids are “our greatest resource.” Neuroscientists tell us that ages 0-3 are the most critical years for cognitive, social and moral development. Economists and business Read More »

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The value of seeing and treating poverty as a health issue


December 28, 2017

In July of this year, Barry Ostrowsky, the CEO of RWJ Barnabas – the largest hospital-based health care provider in New Jersey — sat down with PBS talk-show host Steve Adubato to talk about RWJB’s recently developed “social impact initiative.” In Ostrowsky’s words: “It is an attempt to make communities throughout the state healthier by Read More »

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Ryan, McConnell and Trump’s Failed Leadership


December 21, 2017

Congress’ leaders and President Trump care about getting tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations – that much has been established. But how about carrying out the most basic responsibilities of government? Such as: ensuring the stable continuation of health coverage for children and operations of community health centers; helping to alleviate the suffering of Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Criminal justice reform, Disaster Relief, Health, Hurricane Harvey, Immigration, Medicaid, Tax Policy

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Tax Bill Grinch steals Christmas — and threatens America’s lower- and middle-income families


December 19, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Tuesday, Dec. 19 in response to the tax bill passed today by the House and up for a vote in the Senate: “Today the tax bill Grinch stole Christmas and handed it over to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Disabilities, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Medicare, Opioids, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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