Maine's LIFT Act recognizes the challenges that prevent low-income students from completing postsecondary education. By combining public benefits with counseling, financial aid, and advising, the LIFT Act could help them complete their degrees.
States are required by the U.S. Department of Labor to update their four-year Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) plan every two years, with the current update due by March 15, 2018. States and advocates should ensure these revised plans do more to prioritize high-need adults.
In his final budget, Governor Brown proposed directing $27 million of California TANF dollars to a home visiting program. Congress should also invest in home visiting by reauthorizing the national MIECHV program.
By March 15, 2018, states must submit two-year updates on their Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plans to federal agencies. During this brief window of WIOA plan updating, CLASP urges state agencies and community advocates to emphasize important goals
Time limit policies don’t promote health; they’re just a way for states to block people from coverage. If approved by CMS, they would have a profound negative impact on Medicaid recipients and their families.
On January 8, the Trump Administration will decide whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to approximately 200,000 Salvadoran nationals. If TPS for El Salvador is allowed to expire, it will be nearly impossible for beneficiaries to live and work lawfully in the U.S.
Last month, the majority of Maine voters chose to expand Medicaid coverage to include more low-income adults. Expansion will raise the program’s income eligibility threshold to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, giving more than half of Maine’s uninsured population—including thousands of parents—access to affordable health insurance.