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How the Great Recession Has Changed Life in America | Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project

As the various candidates for the office of President of the United States define themselves and throw their hat in the ring, we should probably take a good look at their position on the American workforce and the American workplace. Especially important will be how economic policy affects these two important areas of life–both the quality of life for most working families in the country and the quality of life at the community level as it relates to access to quality education and training for working families.

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Five million families and children will now sleep a little easier. How will the new Latino/Hispanic immigrant status impact healthcare policy?

Being “in the shadows” has long been a healthcare access issue.  The broken healthcare system has been aggravated by a broken immigration system. Immigration and healthcare are tied together in many ways, especially for the economically disadvantaged.

According to the New York Times:

What Is President Obama’s Immigration Plan?

President Obama announced on Thursday evening a series of executive actions to grant up to five million unauthorized immigrants protection from deportation. The president is also planning actions to direct law enforcement priorities toward criminals, allow high-skilled workers to move or change jobs more easily, and streamline visa and court procedures, among others. NOV. 20, 2014 RELATED ARTICLE

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Who could be affected?

The president’s plan is expected to affect up to five million of the nation’s unauthorized immigrant population, currently 11.4 million according to the Migration Policy Institute. It would create a new program of deferrals for approximately 3.7 undocumented parents of American citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the country for at least five years. Deferrals would include authorization to work and would be granted for three years at a time.

It would also expand a program created by the administration in 2012 called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which allows young people who were brought into the country as children to apply for deportation deferrals and work permits. The plan would extend eligibility to people who entered the United States as children before January 2010 (the cutoff is currently June 15, 2007). It would also increase the deferral period to three years from two years and eliminate the requirement that applicants be under 31 years old. About 1.2 million young immigrants are currently eligible, and the new plan would expand eligibility to approximately 300,000 more.

It would not provide a path to full legal status or benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Officials have said that the president’s plan will not provide specific protection for farm workers or parents of DACA-eligible immigrants.

Filed under: ACA and Medicaid, Blogosphere, Data Trends - American Demographics and Public Opinion, Family Policy, Feminization of Poverty, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform, Immigration, Latinos, Maternal and Child Health, Medicaid, News, Public Health, Public Policy,

How to reduce health inequities? | LinkedIn

One of our Policy ThinkShop bloggers posting on other social media regarding poverty policy, or the lack there of, in our country ….

Thanks for the report updating the latest ideas on our ongoing discourse on poverty and for getting us to think about the important connections between education, poverty and health.

The report rehashes, mostly academic, arguments regarding race, statistics, the infamous 1969 poverty measure and the poverty measure’s successive fabrications. I was in graduate school at the University of Chicago in the mid 80s when William J. Wilson led a “one man band” against the Reagan Administration’s and Charles Murray’s assault on “the welfare state, the welfare mother, and so on…”

I sat in Prof. Gary Orfield’s office one day while he fielded a call from the then Ronald Reagan stacked Civil Rights Commission which Prof. Orfield was a member of. It was a turning point for me in how I would henceforth see the role that well-meaning advocates play in our government’s institutions. After nearly four decades experiencing health and human services policy and planning in our nation’s state and local systems, that lesson still holds—facts are not enough, we must do. The problem becomes who is the “we”?

MOre via How to reduce health inequities? | LinkedIn.

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Gay Marriages Get Recognition From the I.R.S. – NYTimes.com

The United States of America today heard from the one state that matters–the federal government, our nation state, regarding fairness and equality for all its citizens under the federal tax code.

“All same-sex couples who are legally married will be recognized as such for federal tax purposes, even if the state where they live does not recognize their union, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

It is the broadest federal rule change to come out of the landmark Supreme Court decision in June that struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and a sign of how quickly the government is moving to treat gay couples in the same way that it does straight couples.”

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Insecure and Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families, 2000-2011 | National Women’s Law Center

The recovery from the worst recession in memory has hurt the vulnerable in ways that could set families back for a decade…

 

Download the report at:

http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/nwlc_2012_povertyreport.pdf

 

“This report provides a gender analysis of national Census data for 2011, released by the Census Bureau in September 2012. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) supplies this analysis, as it has for several …”

via Insecure and Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families, 2000-2011 | National Women’s Law Center.

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Kaiser’s Monthly Update on Health Disparities – Minority Men – Kaiser Family Foundation

Having an ongoing relationship with a doctor or health care provider increases the likelihood of receiving recommended preventive services and ongoing care to manage chronic health problems. However, affordability of health care is a problem for many men and often is a leading reason for postponing or forgoing health care. More than a quarter (28.0%) of men in the U.S. did not have a regular health care provider between 2006 and 2008. On average, 38.7% of minority men did not have a regular provider, ranging from a low of 19.3% in Hawaii to a high of 55.8% in Idaho. Compared to all other racial and ethnic groups, Hispanic (49%) and American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) (38%) men had the highest rates of no personal doctor.

These are some of the findings highlighted in a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Putting Men’s Health Care Disparities On the Map. This report uses national data sources to generate state-level estimates on a range of indicators of the health status, access to care, and well-being of men of different racial and ethnic backgrounds (white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native) in the United States.

Read more from the report, Putting Men’s Health Care Disparities On the Map.

via Kaiser’s Monthly Update on Health Disparities – Kaiser Family Foundation.

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A Widow’s Victory, and a Defeat for DOMA : The New Yorker

In a closely watched constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan struck down, on Thursday, the part of the law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where they are legal, such as New York. The broad ruling is closely aligned with the arguments made by the Obama Justice Department, which early last year joined with gay-rights advocates and urged federal courts to strike …

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For Paternity Leave, Sweden Asks if Two Months Is Enough – WSJ.com

Jim Butcher’s decision to join Sweden’s army of “latte dads” last year didn’t win him any popularity contests with family and friends back home in …

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Extreme Poverty Down Globally, Up in U.S. | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Extreme Poverty Down Globally, Up in U.S.

March 7, 2012

by Lauren Feeney

First, the good news. A World Bank report released last week shows that extreme poverty is on the decline. The percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day decreased in every region of the developing world between 2005 and 2008. The fall was so steep that the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people living in extreme poverty has been met before the 2015 deadline.

This is contrary to the World Bank’s own prediction that the global financial crisis would lead to “a substantial deterioration in conditions for the world’s most vulnerable.”

But, as The New York Times explains, market conditions actually favored developing countries during the recession.

Economists had theorized that the credit crunch and recession would cause a flight to the safety of developed nations. But shortly after the recession, with growth stagnating in countries like the United States and in western Europe, the world’s investors plowed money into emerging markets.

China was the biggest success story — the ranks of the dire poor there decreased by 700 million between 1981 and 2008.

The bad news hits closer to home. The World Bank study doesn’t even bother to measure poverty rates in developed countries such as the U.S., Western Europe and Japan. But a new study from The National Poverty Center shows that the number of U.S. households living in extreme poverty (defined here as less than $2 a day per person) more than doubled from 1996 to 2011. The number of extremely poor children also doubled during that time, from 1.4 million to 2.8 million.

MORE via Extreme Poverty Down Globally, Up in U.S. | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com.

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