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Food insecurity rises as families lose child tax credit payments, data shows

Originally posted on WSLS 10 News. Children's HealthWatch also found disparities in who received the money, which came to about $300 a month per child. Food insufficiency among U.S. families with children increased by 12 percent in February…
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White House Pushes to Get Child Tax Credit to Low-Income Households

Originally posted on The National Interest. In an effort to ensure that more low-income families that don't file taxes can get their hands on the enhanced child tax credit (CTC), the Biden administration is once again directing them to an…
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Children's advocates want universal free school lunches to continue

Originally posted on The Boston Herald. Advocates are calling on state lawmakers to extend free meals at schools, a program that came into place during the pandemic and is even more important now with food insecurity rates even higher than…
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Mass. is flush with cash, so now what?

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. With record-setting billions in revenue, we should push to provide tax relief for working families Re "Bakers call for tax relief gets some traction in Senate" by Matt Stout (Page A1, May 5): Over…
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Food insecurity rises as families lose child tax credit payments, data shows

Originally posted on NBC News. Children's HealthWatch also found disparities in who received the money, which came to about $300 a month per child. Food insufficiency among U.S. families with children increased by 12 percent in February after…
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The Child Tax Credit Benefits Whole Families: Preliminary data show improved food security and parental health

Summary of Findings New preliminary data from Children’s HealthWatch highlight linkages between Child Tax Credit (CTC) receipt and food security as well as excellent or good parental health status among families with young children.…
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New study shows impact of child tax credit payments for families

Originally posted on NBC News Now. A new study is showing the effects of the child tax credit and how many parents are struggling after Congress voted not to renew the payments for eligible families. NBC News' Dasha Burns reports on why…
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Podcast: The Earth Disease: Social Determinants of Health and Climate Change

Originally posted on Health Affairs. In the third episode of The Earth Disease, journalist Jared Downing discusses how social determinants of health programs intersect with climate and health policy. Jared produced this series in 2021…
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Too Many Children Are Still Dying Young Around the World

Originally posted on Scientific Inquirer. Strong health and social systems must come together to support all children Preconception, pregnancy, and infant interventions that address child survival and nutrition have a strong influence…

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Children’s HealthWatch research and policy analysis specifically focuses on the child health and developmental impacts of economic hardships with a particular focus on food insecurity, unstable housing, health care hardships and inability to afford adequate household energy.

  • Consistent access to food for all family members is crucial for ensuring children are healthy. Food and nutrition assistance programs are an essential cornerstone in supporting the health and well-being of low-income families.

  • Stable housing supports healthy growth and development among young children, and means families are not behind on rent, moving frequently, doubled up, overcrowded, or homeless. Policies that create affordable housing options that provide access to safe, stable housing help ensure young children and their families can thrive and be successful in life.

  • Maintaining consistent utility services so homes are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer is critical for children’s health and safety. Energy supports protect families from the harmful health effects of having their utilities shut off.

  • Health Care Hardships

    When families are forced to choose between paying for health care, such as medical care and prescriptions, and other basic needs such as food, rent, child care, or utility bills, that decision can have an effect on the health and wellbeing of young children. Providing supports necessary to care for children, especially those with special health care needs, is crucial for improving child health.

  • Alleviating economic hardships for families with young children will require comprehensive policy solutions including improvements to nutrition assistance programs, increasing access to affordable housing, providing energy assistance, making work pay through reducing cliff effects and increasing  and expanding access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, providing affordable child care to all children, and supporting the health and development of all children.

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