New Data on Poverty, Same Old Problems?

English: Income inequality, United States, 1979-2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Last week the Census Bureau released the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS), the source of official national poverty estimates for 2012. This treasure trove of data lets the public explore a plethora of statistical measures of poverty at local, regional and national levels. But does this new data reveal anything we didn’t already know about poverty? Or are we faced with the same old problems.

Following is a list of some quick takeaways from the new Census Bureau data:

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Trader Joes

Trader Joe’s interior in Union Square in New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two-Buck Chuck is not what put Trader Joes in the headlines this week; instead it was their decision regarding health coverage for part-time employees. More specifically, the company announced that it will stop providing health insurance benefits for employees who work less than 30 hours a week, sending them instead to the new Insurance Marketplaces with an extra $500 to help purchase coverage.

Anti-health reform advocates are up in arms and touting this as the latest example of how Affordable Care Act will fail Americans and …read more

ACA Help is on the Way!

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If you find the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance options confusing, you are not alone…literally. There is help on the way! Starting October 1, 2013, consumers in all states will be able to choose affordable health insurance options through new Health Insurance Marketplaces. Consumers can get help as they apply for and choose new insurance options from Community Navigator Organizations.

On August 15th, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the organizations who would be receiving nearly $65 million in funds to set up their Community Navigator programs. As stated …read more

September is Hunger Action Month

One very real indicator of health disparities is the prevalence of hunger in communities across the United States. Food insecurity is a health issue for both nutrient-based health reasons and psychological ones.

As children head back to school this month and rely on healthy food to get them through the day, Feeding America has declared September “Hunger Action Month”. It is a day when Feeding America’s network of food banks work together to encourage individuals in their communities to take action to lessen the pressures facing one in six people in the U.S. who are at risk of hunger.

Below …read more