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Health Care Coverage Declines including for Children

The census report on health insurance coverage showed that the percentage of people with health insurance decreased by 0.4 percent last year. That represents the first decrease in coverage since the Affordable Care Act and the first increase since the 2008-2009 period. The health insurance report is based on both the Current Population Survey and

Children’s Budget 2019 Summit

On Tuesday, September 10, First Focus on Children released the 13th annual Children’s Budget 2019 publication, a comprehensive analysis of how kids and families have been faring in the federal budget over the past five years. As child poverty remains high, the children’s share of total federal spending declined between fiscal year 2015 and fiscal

Census Shows a Small Drop in Child Poverty

The U.S. Census Bureau annual report on Income and Poverty in the United States: 2018 indicated that for the fourth straight year, the official poverty rate in the U.S. fell again from 12.3 percent to 11.8 percent accounting for 38.1 million people including 11.9 million children living in poverty. Economic growth was a key factor

History and Update on Flores Settlement

On August 21, 2019 the Administration announces a final new rule that would, in effect, overturn the 1997 Flores settlement. The Flores settlement is just that, a legal agreement settled in 1997 that outlines certain protection for immigrant children while in U.S. custody. Its most well-known provision, recently, prohibits the detention of children for more

OIG Report the Mental Health Needs Conditions of Children in HHS Custody

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities are responsible for the custody and care of unaccompanied alien children (UAC). The Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, Care Provider Facilities Described Challenges Addressing Mental Health Needs of Children in HHS Custody, on the facilities that care for children

Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Up Front for Senate and Congress

Congress left with a two-year budget deal for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 and now they will need to finish the FY 2020 appropriations. The House of Representatives has passed almost all of their 12 appropriations bills while the Senate has not acted on any. Everyone is expecting a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund

Federal Court Upholds Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

On August 9, 2019 a US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit rejected a lower court ruling that sought to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). On October 4, 2018 a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, (Brackeen V Zinke), Judge Reed O’Connor, known for his

Final Rule to Expand Public Charge Definition and Restrict Immigrants

On August 14, 2019 the Administration published a new final rule to expand the definition of “public charge” as it applies to immigrants legally seeking to enter the United States or adjusting their legal status (green card status). Under the new rule, the Administration will now consider use of health care, housing and nutrition programs

ICE Raids in Mississippi, Denial of Extended Medical Treatment Status

On August 7, 2019 the Administration, through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), conducted a raid that resulted in the arrest of 680 people targeted through various plants in Mississippi. The raid is considered the largest in US history. The ICE raid included more than 600 agents and targeted chicken processing plants which have high immigrant

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