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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 after child tax credit payments under a federal Covid-19 relief plan expired, according to new data from Children’s […]

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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 online portal where they can submit the necessary information to claim the payments. The free […]

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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 before COVID hit. “One of the hard lessons of the pandemic is that it showed […]

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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 the past two years, leadings in many states have increasingly made use of the Earned […]

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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 child tax credit payments under a federal Covid-19 relief plan expired, according to new data from Children’s […]

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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. Despite these positive signs, there were notable disparities in which families received the CTC – likely as result of structural racism […]

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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 West Virginia parents are getting hit the hardest. Find the two studies cited […]

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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 as part of the Health Affairs Podcast Fellowship Program. Guests in this episode include Aaron Bernstein from the Harvard T.H. Chan […]

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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 on weight, height, and development, and serve as key indicators of future health, nutrition, education level, and intelligence quotients – if they are […]

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Food insufficiency in families with children increased after expiration of Child Tax Credit monthly payments

Summary Advance Child Tax Credit payments that distributed monthly cash payments for children were associated with a 26% reduction in food insufficiency in households with children. After the advance CTC expired in February, there was a 12% increase in food insufficiency in households with children. Conclusions The pandemic and inflation continue to cause economic hardship, […]