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Unemployment and a loss of health insurance are two problems not necessarily captured in official poverty measures. tuaindeed/Shutterstock.com

US poverty statistics ignore millions of struggling Americans

In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.
Average Walmart workers make twice the federal minimum wage but may still qualify for public benefits. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Getting poorer while working harder: The ‘cliff effect’

Stressing out about potentially losing benefits can prolong financial instability. Solving this problem will help low-paid workers and everyone else.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a press conference in Little Rock, talking about new Medicaid work requirements in that state, Sept. 12, 2018. Andrew DeMillo/AP Photo

Medicaid work requirements: Is there a path forward that could help the poor, not harm them?

In the wake of a judge’s ruling that Medicaid work requirements in two states are not legal, questions remain. The most pressing ones are about how to help low-income people, not punish them.
Women and men sitting with baby carriages in 1916 in front of The Sanger Clinic in Brooklyn, considered the first Planned Parenthood clinic. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection/Library of Congress

Trump and Pence turning back progress on access to birth control and a woman’s right to choose

The Trump administration's proposal to block federally funded organizations from providing comprehensive reproductive health care will deprive millions of people access to sexual health services.
Laura Kelly, governor-elect of Kansas, was part of the blue wave in November. Kelly, shown here in October, opposes Medicaid work requirements. AP Photo/John Hanna

Medicaid work requirements: Where do they stand after the blue wave?

Republicans have sought to limit Medicaid, and a key component of those efforts is requiring that those who receive Medicaid benefits work. But many already do, and others can't, a scholar explains.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin with President Trump on Jan. 11, 2018, a day before Trump gave the go-ahead for Medicaid work requirements. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

I treat patients on Medicaid, and I don’t see undeserving poor people

Calls for work requirements for Medicaid recipients ignore the fact that many already do work. A Harvard doctor points out the problems in trying to help only the 'deserving' poor.
Most caregivers today are assisting their relatives. What will happen in the years ahead? ChaiyonS021/Shutterstock.com

Why the daunting economics of elder care are about to get much worse

The demographics, which include declining numbers of adult children free to step up and potentially fewer immigrants, suggest that this big problem society faces will get bigger.
Tammie Jackson, looking at the prescription drugs she could not obtain before enrolling in Montana’s expanded Medicaid program, in the summer of 2017. AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan

Medicaid work requirements could cost the government more in the long run

The new rules Kentucky and other states want to impose could leave millions of Americans who benefit from this safety net program uninsured – and resorting to the emergency room for their health care.
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has run out. stockcreations/shutterstock.com

Time to stop using 9 million children as a bargaining CHIP

Funding for a children's health insurance program ran out at the end of last September. Despite the program's clear benefits, plans to renew it have been caught in partisan bickering.
Close to 9 million children could be affected if funding for health insurance for them expires. Billion Photos/www.shutterstock.com

Clock running out on health program for 9 million kids

Funding for the children's health insurance program is in jeopardy if Congress does not act by September 30. Here's a look at what's at stake, and how Congress could act to secure funding for CHIP.
States like Ohio could lose billions of dollars in federal funds if the ACA is repealed. AP Photo/Tony Dejak

State budgets hang in the balance as future of ACA uncertain

As states begin to plan budgets, the future of Obamacare is still undecided. A former Ohio state senator explains how budget directors are bracing for billions of dollars in shortfalls.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at an Aug. 1 press conference, the first he held after the defeat of his health care bill. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Why state-level single-payer health care efforts are doomed

With Obamacare in peril and no health care plan in sight, it's logical to ask whether states could design their own single-payer health insurance plans. Efforts in California show why it's unlikely.
As more and more seniors need care, their budgets will be strained. As a result, they may rely on Medicaid. gagliardiImages/Shutterstock.com

Why Medicaid matters to you

Medicaid, a state-federal entitlement program that people associate only with the poor, pays for care for more than six in 10 nursing home residents. That could be you, or someone you love.

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