The number of Americans covered by Medicare is growing.
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The program’s expenses are rising rapidly as baby boomers retire and health care costs grow.
For some Americans, the decline will be quite sharp.
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More than 41 million people rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to buy their groceries. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the program ramped up.
Growth outpaced new enrollment from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.
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Pandemic-related policies made it easier for states to afford to cover more people and made that coverage more stable for millions of Americans who rely on the program for health care.
Of the 10 most child-friendly states, only one has attempted to ban abortion.
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States taking the strictest stands against abortion tend to have among the worst statistics in the nation on child and family well-being.
Government benefits can reduce child poverty.
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A tax credit expansion played a big role in child poverty reduction. But the government’s failure to reach all eligible Americans meant many families never got that temporary benefit.
Social Security makes it more likely the elderly have enough food.
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Higher Social Security benefits can significantly reduce the odds of an older person’s being food insecure.
The official child poverty rate is about the same today as in 1967.
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An alternative approach to measuring poverty detected a decline in 2021, amid a surge in government support for low-income families.
Keeping families that are enduring hard times together is hard but usually benefits children.
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Despite a series of federal measures requiring greater efforts to preserve family unity, many policies make life harder for people swept up in the system.
Family stability can benefit a whole household.
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When states reduce barriers for low-income children to get coverage, their mothers are more likely to be married and less likely to smoke.
Caring for a newborn can be joyous.
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This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
About 30 million students eat school lunches daily.
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A food policy expert explains how school lunches changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and what’s wrong with going back to the normal system now.
Millions of low-income Americans have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
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Social scientists determined that body mass index growth declined for children of low-income parents in states that had expanded their Medicaid programs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly supported the 2021 expansion of the child tax credit.
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Proponents of using the child tax credit to alleviate poverty need to reach an agreement with those who insist that it must encourage low-income parents to work.
Some tools of the trade for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government support programs like CERB and EI provide a safety net. During COVID-19, sex workers accessed various financial support — future policy needs to address the rights and security of sex workers.
Buying enough groceries with government benefits is getting easier.
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Long-term increases like this are unusual. So is the fact that this increased governmental generosity began with a measure approved by Congress when Republicans held majorities in both chambers.
About 1 in 9 Americans live below the poverty level.
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The latest figures offer new evidence that a K-shaped recovery is following the coronavirus recession – which hit the lowest-paid workers the hardest.
Food insecurity appears to have grown in 2020 despite the decline in poverty.
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Early estimates US poverty rate estimates indicate that policies intended to soften the blow of economic upheaval made a big difference.
Starting in October 2021, SNAP benefits will be 25% higher than before the pandemic due to a lasting policy change.
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An economist explains what it would cost to give SNAP benefits to all Americans in households earning up to about $100,000 per year – and why it would be worth it.
Tens of millions of American families are getting a monthly allowance from Uncle Sam.
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Experts explain the significance of this new ‘allowance.’
Raising children strains most household budgets.
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Starting in July 2021, most US families will get monthly payments from the IRS of either $250 or $300 per child under 18.