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On Obamacare: Poor Can Get Subsidies in Many Counties

On Obamacare: Poor Can Get Subsidies in Many Counties

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an odd twist, low-income people in about half of U.S. counties will now be able to get a taxpayer-subsidized “Obamacare” policy for free, according to a new study that suggests some actions by President Donald Trump against the health law could backfire.  Monday’s analysis of government data by the nonpartisan Kaiser […]

U.S. Poverty Rate Falls. But Poor Push for More Progress.

U.S. Poverty Rate Falls. But Poor Push for More Progress.

The number of people living in poverty fell again last year, reaching the lowest level since the Great Recession began in 2007, with 12.7 percent of Americans living below the federal poverty line, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Sept. 12. Census 2020: A Bigger Issue Looms Tuesday’s release of the 2016 national poverty data […]

Irma 2017: Some Fled by Charter Plane. Others Took the Bus.

Irma 2017: Some Fled by Charter Plane. Others Took the Bus.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hotel dishwasher Wilman Hernandez waited with his wife and young son at a Miami Beach bus stop late last week, desperately looking for a way to get to a shelter where they could ride out Hurricane Irma. Hernandez fears the storm will destroy their first-floor apartment. With no car to […]

California to Address Affordable Housing Crisis, Gov. Brown Says

California to Address Affordable Housing Crisis, Gov. Brown Says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have promised to tackle California’s affordable housing crisis in their final weeks of work this year by pushing a package that includes regulatory reforms and money for low-income housing.  But some moderate Assembly Democrats are resisting pieces of the deal, particularly a new fee […]

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico’s public schools are funded went to trial on June 12 to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.  Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico’s education […]

Safety Net to Cover More Families in New California Budget

Safety Net to Cover More Families in New California Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a state budget Wednesday that gives liberal Democrats long-sought increases to safety net programs while socking away billions to prepare for a recession. The $122.5 billion spending plan, negotiated by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders, earned a rebuke from Republicans, who said it sets the […]

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

It’s already begun happening. In 2016, 500,000 to 1 million recipients will be officially cut from the “food stamp” rolls. Some reports say it could be more than 1 million recipients. Before the end of the year, reports say, Tennessee will have eliminated 150,000; Florida will cut 300,000 recipients; North Carolina will chop 110,000 from […]

Medicaid for Poor Might Be Expanded in Alabama, Governor Says

Medicaid for Poor Might Be Expanded in Alabama, Governor Says

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The conservative Republican governor of Alabama, a Deep South state where “Obamacare” is often reviled, said on Nov. 12 that his administration is mulling an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the federal health care law.  Gov. Robert Bentley, a dermatologist turned governor, emphasized that he was in the exploratory […]

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