A record number of states have provided much-needed support for families during the pandemic by enacting bills to create or improve state earned income tax credits (EITCs) this year. Twelve states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have enacted such measures this year.
Across the country, large numbers of families who need help to afford housing sit on long waiting lists for assistance. Among the 44 housing agencies for which we have data, nearly all have more than 1,000 families on their waiting lists and many have more than 10,000.
More than 2 million adults, majorities of whom live in the South and are people of color, are uninsured and in the coverage gap, meaning they have incomes below the federal poverty line but no pathway to affordable coverage because their state is one of 12 that has refused to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.
For those without a pathway to coverage, closing the coverage gap would expand access to critically needed behavioral health services — which include services to treat mental health conditions and substance use disorders (SUD) — at a time when the need for these services is high and increasing.
Collaboration between the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is an...
The economic recovery legislation Congress is crafting presents a rare opportunity to dramatically reduce the number of uninsured people, including uninsured older adults. Congress should prioritize...
Criminal fees fall heavily on the lowest-income people in the country and disproportionately on Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people, who already face severe barriers imposed by systemic racism, discrimination, and bias.
In addition to creating a permanent pathway to coverage for more than 2 million people in the Medicaid coverage gap, economic recovery legislation being considered by the House would strengthen Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for parents and children, people returning to their communities from jails and prisons, and people with disabilities and older Americans who need home- and community-based services.
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.