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As the child tax credit ends, one family navigates a new, familiar reality

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. For six months, direct payments to children changed the household math for many families. Now they’re over. Starting in July, Rebecca Wood’s tight family budget was buoyed by a federal payment that landed in her bank account on the 15th of each month — no strings attached. It was […]

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The sunsetting of the child tax credit expansion could leave many families without enough food on the table

Originally posted on The Conversation. The discontinuation of the Biden administration’s monthly payments of the child tax credit could leave millions of American families without enough food on the table, according to our new study in JAMA Network Open. The first missed payment on Jan. 15, 2022, left families that had come to rely on them […]

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Advance Child Tax Credits Reduced US Food Insufficiency by 26 Percent

Originally posted on Boston University School of Public Health. January 15 will mark the first time in seven months that the families of more than 61 million children in the United States will not receive a monthly payment of the advance Child Tax Credit (CTC), after Congress failed to pass the Build Back Better Act, […]

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Association of the Implementation of Child Tax Credit Advance Payments With Food Insufficiency in US Households

Key Points Question: Was the introduction of advance payments for the Child Tax Credit associated with food insufficiency in US households? Findings: In this cross-sectional study using repeated surveys of a nationally representative sample of US households, the introduction of advance payments for the Child Tax Credit was associated with a significant reduction in household food […]

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Advance Child Tax Credit payments cut food insufficiency by 26%, study finds

Originally posted on United Press International. Jan. 13 (UPI) — Advance Child Tax Credit payments, part of last year’s federal American Rescue Plan, reduced food insufficiency, or lack of food, in households across the country by 26%, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found. However, those gains are likely to be reversed because the federal relief […]

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Special Pandemic Payments Staved Off Hunger for Children’s Families

Originally posted on MedPage Today. — Should the expired Child Tax Credit policy be carried forward? The Child Tax Credit safeguarded U.S. families with children from food insufficiency during the pandemic and should be made permanent, researchers urged. Starting in July and August 2021, the first advance payments of the expanded Child Tax Credit corresponded […]

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The immigrant birthweight paradox in an urban cohort: Role of immigrant enclaves and ambient air pollution

Immigrants are a rapidly growing population in the United States (US). By the year 2065, immigrants and subsequent generations will account for 88% of the country’s growth or ~103 million people [1]. As such, research that investigates drivers of perinatal health outcomes among immigrants is critical for shaping the health of future generations. Low birthweight […]

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Child hunger is expected to worsen

Originally posted on NPR. NPR’s Ailsa Chang speaks with pediatrician Dr. Megan Sandel about how the pandemic has exasperated child hunger in the country and could worsen as pandemic-relief programs run out.

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Why one senator just blew up Joe Biden’s presidential plans

Originally posted on CBC News. The Build Back Better bill passed by the House of Representatives offered paid parental leave for a country that lacks it, universal preschool, cheaper child care for 20 million children, lower costs for some drugs including insulin, savings for families using the Obamacare health system, and funding for one million […]

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BMC Pediatrician Presents a Model for Stably Housing Families in White House Forum

Originally posted on BMC HealthCity. One in five renters living with children are having difficulty keeping up on rent. Megan Sandel, MD, proposes a three-pronged solution. “One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has really made clear is that it has increased housing stability from a crisis to now, really, a pandemic in and of itself,” […]