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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony in Support of Three Bills in Massachusetts That Would Protect Families Either Facing an Eviction or Having Already Experienced Eviction

On July 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairman Eldridge, Chairwoman Cronin, and members of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Currently, the state has opportunities to improve the health of young children by enacting legislation that responds to the housing needs of families with young children by reducing risk of evictions, […]

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Housing Instability Among Families With Young Children With Special Health Care Needs

Video Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Children with special health care needs (SHCNs) have significant medical and educational expenses affecting household finances. Housing instability can be detrimental to family well-being. Our objective was to evaluate housing instability in households of children with and without SHCNs. METHODS: Cross-sectional surveys (2013–2017) in English and Spanish of caregivers with children <4 […]

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SSI Protects Families with Special Healthcare Needs from Housing Insecurity

Originally published on HealthCity. A lack of stable housing, which includes circumstances such as falling behind on rent and mortgage payments, moving frequently, or experiencing homelessness, negatively affects a family’s health and wellbeing. While the roots are varied, money and income are often at the core of housing instability. The unique medical, educational, and other expenses of […]

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The Foundation to Thrive:  Connecting The Importance of Safe, Stable Homes with the Health and Wellbeing of Families and Children

Given the importance of promoting solutions that ensure all children live in stable homes, Children’s HealthWatch partnered with Mission Partners to develop an advocacy toolkit that makes a compelling connection between the importance of safe, stable homes with the health and wellbeing of children and their families. Though the connection between housing, mental health and […]

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Housing Instability Among Families with Young Children with Special Health Care Needs

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Children with special health care needs (SHCNs) have significant medical and educational expenses affecting household finances. Housing instability can be detrimental to family well-being. Our objective was to evaluate housing instability in households of children with and without SHCNs. METHODS: Cross-sectional surveys (2013–2017) in English and Spanish of caregivers with children <4 […]

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Allison Bovell-Ammon’s Testimony Before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in Support of the Bill to Close the Snap Gap

On May 28th, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of the Senate Bill 678 and House Bill 1173, “An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs”. Passing this bill will help close the ‘SNAP […]

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Prenatal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participation: A Step Toward Human Capital Development

This JAMA Pediatrics editorial focuses on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, evaluations of the program before and after the 2009 food package revisions, and a new JAMA Pediatrics quasi-experimental study by Hamad et al that looks at whether the revised 2009 WIC food package improved perinatal and birth […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose the Proposed Changes to the Federal Poverty Guidelines by the Office of Management and Budget

On June 21st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment to the Office of Management and Budget’s proposal to change the version of the Consumer Price Index used to adjust the federal poverty thresholds for inflation from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Workers to the Chained Consumer Price Index for Urban Workers. We oppose the […]

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SNAP Benefit Reductions and Cutoffs may put Children’s and Families’ Health at Risk

Originally published on FRAC ResearchWIRE. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an essential and effective nutrition program that helps people of all ages stay healthy. Though the program’s explicit goal is to improve food security by providing consistent, adequate access to enough food for an active, healthy life, it also acts as a work […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Public Comment to Oppose HUD’s Proposed Rule That Would Evict Mixed-Status Families from Public and Subsidized Housing

On June 21st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status” (HUD Docket No. FR-6124-P-01). We oppose this proposed rule that would evict mixed-status families from public and subsidized housing […]