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Paper Outlines Need to Fix Medicaid Access for Youth Formerly in Foster Care

  The National Center for Children in Poverty has released a new policy paper on the status of Medicaid access for young people formerly in foster care.  The paper, FOSTERING HEALTH: The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Youth Transitioning from Foster Care, describes the impact of a provision in the ACA that requires that youth

Poverty Group Announced

CWLA has joined with a number of groups including First Focus in forming a new Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).  The coalition website states, “One of the biggest challenges facing our nation today is the persistently high number of children living in poverty. Nearly 1 in 5 children are living in families with incomes below

Advocates Seek Greater Budget Help on Child Trafficking

In regard to letters to OMB, CWLA has signed onto a letter by the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) in support of increased funding to address trafficking including prevention and treatment.  The lengthy request covers a range of programs across the departments including the Victim Services Grants & Human Trafficking Task Forces, Minor

HHS Publishes New Child Care Regulations

The Administration on Children and Families has now issued final regulations on the Child Care and Development Block Grant, CCDBG.  The regulations are a result of the 2014 reauthorization of the CCDBG. Based on the numerous changes in that 2014 law, the regulations strengthen health and safety requirements, increase and stabilize access, takes steps to improve

Tribal National Conference at White House

On Monday, September 26, the White House was the site for the eighth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference.  It was also the second White House Tribal Youth Gathering. The national convening is the result of a 2008 campaign promise by then candidate-Obama who made the commitment to hold regular convening’s when he made a

Shrinking Spending For Children, Child Welfare: 2 Percent of 10 Percent

On Tuesday, September 20, the Urban Institute was the scene for a discussion of the 10th annual report on how federal spending for children’s programs is doing in Washington DC budgeting. The Kids Share  Report and a panel discussion that accompanied the release of the report suggests that children are not doing well, at least

New Census Shows Significant Progress In Poverty, Income and Insurance

On Tuesday, September 13, the US Census Bureau released their annual data with some surprisingly positive results. The number of insured and the median income rose while the poverty rate decreased. The overall poverty rate now stands at 13.5 percent, a decrease of 1.2 percentage points between 2014 and 2015.  That represents the biggest percentage

Discussion Focuses On Poverty Reduction Strategies

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, brought together experts with different perspectives to discuss their thoughts on successful strategies for reducing poverty. The panel included Uma Ahluwalia, Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County, Maryland, Heather Hahn, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute,

Congress Returns for Hectic September

It is unclear how long Congress will be in session this month but many expect that the session will not extend into October despite a calendar that sets October as adjournment date.  Front and center will be the appropriations for FY 2017 which starts on October 1. There is little possibility that Congress will enact

Senate Adopts CARA Goes To President For Signature

On the last day of summer session, Thursday, July 14, the Senate approved the conference report on the “CARA” legislation and sent the legislation onto the President who will sign it.  The vote was 92 to 2 with only Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) voting no. CARA or the Comprehensive Addiction