Tag: health care

Maverick, Violet and How Trickle Down Economics Fails to #ActOnPoverty

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April 15, 2016

Maverick Bishop says he and his mom have stayed in every homeless shelter there is in San Francisco.  When there wasn’t room in the shelters, they slept in hospital lobbies, along with other, even-less-desirable locations. Today, due in large part to a mentoring program Maverick was enrolled in, and the help he got finding an Read More »

Fact of the Week: Lower-Income Renters Spend Nearly Half of Income on Rent

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April 6, 2016

Housing costs traditionally eat up a large portion of most Americans’ budgets. But for lower-income renters, rising housing costs mean even less money is left over to cover everything else.  According to new research from the Pew Charitable Trusts, renters in the bottom third of the income spectrum spent close to 50 percent of their Read More »

Flint and Beyond

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March 31, 2016

This entry originally appeared in the Huffington Post on March 31, 2016. Lana, a single mother with three children, discovered that her one-year old twins tested positive for lead poisoning, and left her contaminated Holyoke, MA apartment, becoming homeless for three months. She got help from a local program, and eventually got a job and Read More »

CHN Condemns House Budget Proposal: Despite Speaker Ryan’s Vow on Poverty, Budget Blueprint Represents Unprecedented Attack on Low-Income Families

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March 16, 2016

Below is the Coalition on Human Needs’ statement on the House FY17 budget proposal released yesterday. Let us know what you think of the House budget by leaving a comment below. You can also check out our FY17 Budget page, where we’re compiling valuable resources. Coalition on Human Needs Condemns House Budget Proposal: Despite Speaker Ryan’s Vow on Poverty, Read More »

Human Needs Report: Budget Update, Criminal Justice Reform, Emergency Funding and More

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March 14, 2016

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on the House FY17 budget, a housing assistance bill that passed the House, criminal justice reform, child nutrition reauthorization, and funding for emergencies. See below for the full analysis and links to each Read More »

Will We Remember Flint?

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March 7, 2016

Rachel Mingo has 11 reasons to be concerned about the lead poisoning scandal in Flint, Michigan. First, there’s her and her husband, who together recently bought a home in Flint. Then there’s her 2-year-old daughter Madilyn and her three-year-old son Maverick. Finally, there are her seven brothers, all single, all between the ages of 21 Read More »

Senate Must Act to Help Flint Residents

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March 3, 2016

At a fundraising event live-streamed from Flint, Michigan this past Sunday, Flint schoolchildren spoke to their neighbors and the nation. Jeremiah described his headaches, memory loss and stomach pain, and his three months of missed school. The children were resilient and brave, and they need and deserve urgent and continuing support to overcome a problem Read More »

Human Needs Report: House Budget Delayed, Slow Response to the Flint Lead Poisoning Emergency, and a Bill to Fight Opioid Addiction

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February 29, 2016

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on the House FY17 budget delay, the Flint, MI lead poisoning emergency, and a bill to fight opioid addiction moving in the Senate. See below for the full analysis and links to each Read More »

Health Care’s Coming Crisis: Out-of-Pocket Costs

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February 17, 2016

This post was originally published by Washington Monthly on February 8, 2016.  Americans have a lot to gripe about when it comes to health care. But there is one very legitimate complaint: the rising cost of co-pays, deductibles, what individuals pay for insurance premiums, and other out-of-pocket (OOP) costs that has remained largely overlooked, thanks to Read More »

President Obama’s Final State of the Union: What to Watch For and How You Can Participate

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January 11, 2016

Tuesday night will see President Obama delivering his seventh – and final – State of the Union address. By most accounts, the President will both reflect on the past – highlight some of his Administration’s accomplishments – and look ahead to the future. With only one year remaining in office, and with a Republican-controlled Congress Read More »