In his farewell speech last week, President Barack Obama declared that supporting young people of color is not only a matter of justice but a common-sense investment in our future. It's not just rhetoric. By 2020, children and youth of color will represent half of all people under age 18. If not for these children, the American workforce would shrink as baby boomers retire.
As the public debates key work supports like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Work Support Strategies’ (WSS) final evaluation report provides crucial evidence about what works and what doesn’t to support low-income people.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of people with health insurance has reached an all-time high. Twenty million more people are now insured than prior to the ACA. Despite this success, we’ve heard the “repeal and replace” mantra since the ACA was passed six years ago.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report on poverty, income, and health insurance, issued in mid-September, told a bad news/good news story. The bad news—beyond the stagnating incomes highlighted in news reports—is persistently high poverty for children and youth, especially for those of color.