Relatives play an important child care role for families of all backgrounds and incomes, even in the best of times. But in this public health and economic crisis, it is particularly important to recognize their value and critical role in an already-fragile child care system that desperately needs an immediate and large federal investment.
Text apps have the potential to increase utilization of mental health services by lowering costs and easing access. The technology can also support young people’s mental health needs using a familiar means of interaction. Maryland’s inclusion of texting for mental health telehealth is a pioneering step in Medicaid that other states should follow.
The CARES Act provides most adults a rebate check. But for 3 million people who owe child support, the check will be withheld. However, much of the money withheld will be kept by states rather than given to children.
The Black community is faced with the drastic and dismantling impact of COVID-19. This pandemic should serve as a call to action for increased awareness and a greater commitment to centering the lived experiences and needs of communities of color.
During COVID-19, barriers to online shopping create a challenge for people who count on SNAP. To fight hunger during this pandemic, state lawmakers can expand access to both grocery delivery, curbside pickup and restaurant meals programs.
TANF is critical in limiting the economic fallout of COVID-19; yet, there are many barriers to access. States should reduce barriers to TANF during this health crisis to help families remain economically stable.
During tax season, many filers will receive a refund: the earned income tax credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low- and moderate-income earners that reduces the likelihood of millions of workers being taxed into poverty.