Tag: health care

We don’t do cat videos, but we do engage in serious poverty analysis

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August 18, 2016

Do you wonder if poverty is growing in your state? Would you like to know how to use state and local data about income based on race, age, or gender? Do you know how to access the soon-to-be released Census Bureau poverty, income and health insurance data? And why, why, why do cat videos attract Read More »

“Anonymity Overdose:” How U.S. tax policy supports drug addiction misery

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August 8, 2016

Since 2000, the rate of deaths from opioid-related overdoses has increased 200 percent. In 2014, there were approximately one and a half times more drug overdose deaths in the United States than deaths from motor vehicle accidents. So: what can we do about it? One thing we can do is crack down on anonymous shell Read More »

Head Smacker: During the height of mosquito season, Congress recesses — without fighting Zika

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August 5, 2016

For months, public health officials have warned that the Zika virus eventually would show up in the continental U.S. They warned of this back in the winter, months before the mosquitoes that help transmit Zika were on most people’s radar screen. They warned of this in the spring, even as health officials warned of an Read More »

Nuns on the Bus – Mending the Gaps

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August 1, 2016

Editor’s note: This post was written by Richelle Friedman, CHN’s Director of Public Policy, on Thursday, July 28. Richelle spent a week with NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus, including at the Democratic National Convention last week. The full Nuns on the Bus tour lasted three weeks, including visiting the Republican National Convention the week before, Read More »

Human Needs Report: What Congress Did and Didn’t Do Before the Summer Recess

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July 18, 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 appropriations, Zika funding, the first major piece of authorizing legislation affecting housing vouchers and public housing since 1998, and other actions Congress took – and punted on – before leaving town for the summer Read More »

Meanwhile…the mosquitoes are breeding.

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July 1, 2016

If you read CHN’s latest Human Needs Report, posted earlier this week, you know that Congress continues to squabble over funding for the Zika virus. They left for the fourth of July recess without approving additional funds.  And, thanks to an in-depth article that appeared Sunday in the Washington Post, we are now getting a Read More »

Human Needs Report: Gun Control, Immigration, TANF and More

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June 27, 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 appropriations and gun control, the Supreme Court Decision on immigration, Zika, TANF, the latest House GOP proposals, and more. See below for the full analysis and links to each piece in the report. Click here Read More »

SNAP, TANF and a Better Path

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May 26, 2016

“The nation’s core economic security programs are highly effective: they cut poverty almost in half, improve nutrition and health care for millions of people, and promote work.” This is how Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), began her testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee during its Read More »

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 »