Tag: Medicaid

The Spin Begins: Trump Administration and Senate’s McConnell Blame Basic Needs Programs for Increasing the Deficit


October 17, 2018

When the 2017 $1.9 trillion in tax cuts were enacted, many of us predicted that the hole in the budget caused by the lost revenue would be used by the Trump Administration and the Republican leadership in Congress to justify cuts in basic needs programs like Medicaid, Medicare, housing, and SNAP. And we were right:  Read More »

Fact of the Week: Nearly 8,500 Arkansans have been kicked off Medicaid since Sept. 1 due to harsh time limits


October 17, 2018

More than 4,100 Arkansans lost Medicaid coverage on Oct. 1, adding to the more than 4,350 adults in the state who were kicked off the Medicaid roles on Sept. 1. These nearly 8,500 adults lost their coverage due to the state’s harsh new work reporting requirements, which require beneficiaries to report at least 80 hours Read More »

How to Help Rural America: Senate Democrats Hold a Rural Summit


September 28, 2018

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jon Tester (D-MT) were interviewing author Sarah Smarsh at a Rural Summit held by Senate Democrats on September 27. Ms. Smarsh was describing the isolation she felt growing up poor in rural Kansas. Her mother was 17 when Sarah was born. There was no Family and Medical Leave Act, no Read More »

Fact of the Week: Drop in uninsured rates for low-income rural residents is three times larger in Medicaid expansion states


September 26, 2018

The uninsured rate for low-income adults has decreased in the last several years across America, thanks in large part to the Affordable Care Act. But small towns and rural areas of states that have expanded Medicaid have seen the sharpest decline in uninsured rates. That’s one of the findings of a new report from the Read More »

Resources from around the Coalition: 2017 Census poverty data


September 20, 2018

Editor’s note: The following blog post was written by Makenna Whitworth, CHN’s Fall 2018 intern. On Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest national, state, and local data about income, poverty, and health insurance. Since then, CHN and its members have been busy assessing this latest information concerning low-income Read More »

Progress in Fighting Poverty Slows — And for the First Time in Years, the Number of Uninsured Americans Does Not Significantly Decline


September 12, 2018

Editor’s note: CHN on Wednesday, Sept. 12 issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest census and poverty data. For more information, please visit our 2017 Census and Poverty Data Resource Page. After years of progress, the decline in the poverty rate slowed between 2016 and 2017, according to U.S. Census Read More »

Join Us: Sept. 6 CHN Webinar To Preview New Census Data


August 21, 2018

Unemployment is down, but workers’ pay is losing ground. Did low-income people make gains in 2017? What is helping? What is standing in the way? On Thursday, Sept. 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, CHN will host its annual Census webinar to help prepare advocates for the new data coming out the following week, on Sept. Read More »

GOP tax law isn’t just about taxes — it’s undermining American health care


August 15, 2018

Editor’s note: The op-ed excerpted below was written by Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, and Margarida Jorge, co-director of Health Care for America Now! It was originally published by The Hill on Aug. 9. On Aug. 12, the New York Times editorial board published a piece titled, “You Know Who the Tax Read More »

Comment now to stop thousands from being kicked off Medicaid


August 14, 2018

If the Trump Administration and some state officials have their way, hundreds of thousands of low-income people could be kicked off Medicaid and left without any health insurance coverage. That’s because several states are pushing to add harsh work requirements to Medicaid assistance. We’ve written in the past and compiled a lot of resources showing Read More »

Trump Top Priorities


July 31, 2018

Of course we know President Trump wants to build a border wall.  Yesterday he threatened to shut down the government over funding for it.  But that’s not his Administration’s only priority.  Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin announced that they’re studying whether they can provide another $100 billion tax break to the richest Americans.  They Read More »