Today the Census Bureau released data that highlight the successes of the government’s extraordinary if imperfect steps to bolster households’ incomes in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.
Budget reconciliation legislation set to be considered in the House Energy and Commerce Committee would permanently close the Medicaid coverage gap and finally, over seven years after the Medicaid expansion was supposed to take effect, get people the health care they need.
As policymakers consider economic recovery legislation, they should seize the opportunity to expand and simplify the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, as we have recommended. The House Ways...
While the Administration’s proposal included some $300 billion for housing, nearly all of it would subsidize construction and renovation, with less than 1 percent going toward the rental assistance needed to help millions of people afford housing.
At a point in time, there are about 2.2 million uninsured adults with incomes below the poverty line who lack a pathway to affordable health coverage because their states have refused to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. But this group isn’t fixed, and over the course of the year — and over several years — the coverage gap affects a much larger number of people.
Local, state, and federal policymakers each have important opportunities in the next few weeks to enable more children in low-income families to get enough to eat, thereby improving their health and...
Congress is crafting recovery legislation that has the potential to significantly reduce poverty, broaden opportunity, and increase racial equity in the United States. The investments under consideration would make a substantial difference in the lives of children and youth, a large body of research shows
Government officials and agencies, community-based organizations, and advocates across the country can help reduce poverty and hardship by conducting aggressive outreach and giving hands-on assistance to help the lowest-income, and likely hardest-to-reach, families access the Child Tax Credit.
Economic security programs can help families meet basic needs and improve their lives, but design features influenced by anti-Black racism and sexism have created an inadequate system of support that particularly harms Black families and other families of color.
Residents of the territories are U.S. citizens or, in the case of American Samoa, U.S. nationals; yet federal law treats them far less favorably than residents of the states when it comes to their Medicaid coverage — even though they are more likely than residents of the states to rely on Medicaid for their health care.
States can expand opportunity and build stronger, more prosperous, and inclusive communities by reducing the incarceration of children and young adults and increasing the use of sensible alternatives that advance equitable outcomes.