This week on Off the Charts, we focused on food assistance, health care, the safety net, and jobs.
On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum highlighted a Wall Street Journal article that echoes that SNAP (formerly food stamps) caseloads and spending continue to fall, as we’ve explained. Brynne Keith-Jennings pointed to new “food insecurity” data that show the economic recovery has yet to reach many low-income families.
On health care, January Angeles highlighted a new study showing that expanding Medicaid coverage to pregnant women and children has beneficial long-term health outcomes. Jesse Cross-Call pointed to a new report documenting how hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are experiencing a drop in uninsured patients and higher-than-expected revenues.
On the safety net, Erica Williams explained how states can build a broader recovery by strengthening their earned income tax credits (EITC) and minimum wages at the same time. Chye-Ching Huang pointed to a new article from the University of California’s Hilary Hoynes on the EITC’s far-reaching benefits.
On jobs, Chad Stone illustrated this month’s disappointing jobs report — a sober reminder of how devastating the Great Recession and subsequent prolonged jobs slump have been for American workers.