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Most SNAP-eligible households contain members who may qualify for health care coverage in states that are expanding Medicaid

90 percent of SNAP-eligible households contain members who may qualify for health coverage in states that are expanding Medicaid. Learn More »

Among poor young adults, 40% receive SNAP benefits and 4% receive some form of welfare assistance.

The 2011 poverty rate for adults within the age range of 18 to 24 is 20.6 percent. Learn More »

Most Adults Lack Awareness of Health Insurance Coverage Options Under the ACA

Most adults lack awareness of health insurance coverage options as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Learn More »

Automatic Budget Cuts will Decrease Federal UI Benefits by 11%

As a result of automatic budget cuts that kicked in this month, federal unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed will be cut back by nearly 11 percent beginning on or after March 31, 2013. Learn More »

The Effects of the EITC on Poverty

In 2011, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit lifted an estimated 8.7 million people out of poverty. Learn More »

Three Million Workers Face Cut-Off of Unemployment Benefits in 2013

Three million workers will lose unemployment benefits if Congress fails to reauthorize federal extended unemployment benefits. Learn More »

Affordable Care Act Spurs State Eligibility System Upgrades

More than half of all states have submitted plans or have received approval to upgrade their Medicaid eligibility systems. Learn More »

Easier Benefit Access

States continue to adopt provisions that would allow them to modernize eligibility and enrollment processes with technology, benefiting uninsured children. Learn More »

Millions Face Cut-Off of Unemployment Benefits in 2012

4.5 million Americans face cut-off of unemployment benefits in 2012 if Congress does not act. Learn More »

Millions of Children Rely on Federal Unemployment Benefits

12.8 million children have lived in households with extended or emergency unemployment benefit recipients since July 2008. Learn More »

Affordable Care Act Helped Millions Gain Health Insurance

2.5 million young adults gained health insurance in 2011 because of the Affordable Care Act. Learn More »

Recovery Act Provisions Held Back Poverty Increase

The Recovery Act kept more than 11.5 million people out of poverty in 2009 and 2010. Learn More »

A Safety Net That Looks More Like a Tightrope

In 2010, 3.6 million households receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits had no other reported income Learn More »

The Rate of Uninsured Hispanic Children Decreased in 2010

In 2010, the rate of uninsured children under the age of 18 was 9.8 percent, or 7.3 children. However, the number of uninsured Hispanic children decreased .9 percentage points from 2009 to 30.7 percent. Learn More »

Record Numbers of Americans Rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to Purchase Food for their Families

46.3 million people, almost 15 percent of the entire American population, received SNAP benefits in September 2011. Learn More »

Almost Half of Long-term Unemployed Workers Report Non-economic Stresses in their Lives

46 percent of people unemployed for six months or more report that joblessness has caused strain to family relationships; 43 percent of people say they have lost a close friend after being unemployed for six months or longer; and 38 percent report having Learn More »

Unemployment Insurance Keeps People Out of Poverty

More than 3.4 million people were kept out of poverty by the enhancements in the unemployment insurance program during 2010. Learn More »
Medicaid/CHIP Eligibility

Medicaid/CHIP Eligibility

In 2009, two-thirds of the total 6.6 million uninsured children in the U.S. were eligible for Medicaid/CHIP. Learn More »

Job Loss = Health Insurance Loss

Nearly 3 out of 5 adults who lost a job with health insurance benefits in the past 2 years became uninsured. -- Commonwealth Fund Learn More »

The Great Recession's Far Reach

3.9 million workers lost unemployment insurance benefits in 2010, showing that the Great Recession has not only caused high levels of unemployment but also created significant and historical amounts of long-term unemployment. Learn More »

UI Benefits Create Jobs

According to a new Council of Economic Advisers report, without federal extended unemployment insurance benefits, the country would have had 800,000 fewer jobs as of September 2010. Learn More »
Single Mothers Unlikely to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Single Mothers Unlikely to Receive Unemployment Benefits

In Fall 2008, just over one in seven single mothers who were laid off or looking for work received unemployment insurance, but half received food stamps -- US Census Learn More »

Extending Recovery Act Improvements to the Child Tax Credit

If the improvements to the child tax credit passed under the Recovery Act are not extended, 7.6 million children in low-income working families will lose access to the credit altogether, and an additional 10.7 million such children will have their credit Learn More »

"Food stamp beneficiaries aren't them - they're us"

Between 1968 and 1997, nearly half of all American children received food stamps at some point in their childhood. Learn More »

A Child Tax Credit for Some?

In 2007, 27 percent of children in working families received less than the full $1,000 federal child tax credit because their parents earned too little - Tax Policy Center. Learn More »

Low Wage Workers

Low-wage workers are more than twice as likely to be out of work as higher wage workers, but only half as likely to receive unemployment insurance - GAO Learn More »
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