Before recessing for the August break, the U.S. Senate passed S 860 to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, which provides federal funding to support evidence-based programs for youth who are involved or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Over the last several years, states have been working to improve their Employment and Training (E&T) programs operated within the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).
On the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) 24th anniversary, CLASP commemorated progress while recognizing workers and their families need for far more support. This includes access to health insurance as well as the paid leave that enables them to use it.
Documented individuals enrolled in postsecondary education—many of whom are also working—said DACA enabled them to access opportunities they otherwise couldn’t have. Despite its success, DACA is in danger.
The Senate has introduced the Dream Act of 2017, which would make 1.8 million Dreamers eligible for conditional permanent resident status. However, the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains under threat, placing 800,000 beneficiaries in peril.
For low-income children, the need for high-quality health insurance has never been more urgent. States are taking action because they know that having health insurance leads to better access to care, lower financial burden on families, and better health outcomes.
Health care is crucial to infants and toddlers’ physical, cognitive, and emotional development. For low-income families, affordable health insurance provides young children and their parents with important services that would otherwise be too expensive, such as routine check-ups, prescription drugs, medical procedures, and specialized care.