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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose USDA’s Proposed Rule On SNAP Standardization Of State Heating And Cooling Standard Utility Allowances

On November 25th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances”. For low-income families, especially those in high utility cost states, the Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowance (HCSUA) […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony For H.173/S.58: An Act Relative To Economic Mobility For Families With Low-Incomes

On November 19th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairwoman Chang-Diaz, Chairwoman Khan, and members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Currently, the state has opportunities to improve the health of young children and reduce economic hardship by enacting legislation that responds to the realities of families with young children. […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS’ Interim Final Rule On Visas Ineligibility Based On Public Charge Grounds

On November 11th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) interim final rule for “Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds”. The changes detailed in this rule would effectively only allow the wealthy to be granted visas. Furthermore, the proposed changes to public charge criteria will discriminate against individuals from […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOJ’s Proposed Rule On DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees

On November 11th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed rule for “DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees”. If passed the proposed rule would change how the DOJ implements the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005, which authorized the collection of DNA samples from individuals arrested or detained by federal authorities. […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS’ Interim Final Rule On Immigrant Health Coverage

On October 31st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) interim final rule for “Notice of Information collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage”. We oppose this rule change in the strongest possible terms because it undermines the nation’s health and the health of children and families by […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Second Public Comment To Oppose The Proposed Changes To Categorical Eligibility In The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) During The Reopening Of The Comment Period

On October 31st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a second public comment on the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Reopening of Comment Period” published on July 24, 2019 and reopened on October 18, 2019. In light of new analyses, […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose HUD’s Rule Change Of The Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

On October 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard” published on August 19, 2019. We strongly oppose the rule change that will threaten the health and well-being of protected […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose the Proposed Changes to Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

On September 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)” published on July 24, 2019. We strongly oppose the proposed changes because decades of evidence show this rule will threaten the […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Statement Regarding the Public Charge Rule

As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, Children’s HealthWatch opposes in the strongest terms changes to the public charge rule made by the Department of Homeland Security. These changes will endanger the health and well-being of families of immigrants and their children. We are deeply alarmed by efforts to penalize participation […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony for Two Bills in Massachusetts Related To Improving the EITC and Supporting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a testimony to Chairman Hinds, Chairman Cusack, and members of the Joint Committee on Revenue. Currently, the state has opportunities to improve the health of young children and reduce economic hardship by enacting legislation that responds to the realities of working families with young children. We write in strong […]