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Pediatricians: How to Help Families Get the New Child Allowance

Originally published on Medscape. With the stroke of a pen, President Biden signed into law a provision in the American Rescue Plan that will lift nearly 10 million children above or closer to the poverty line this year. The expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) into a child allowance is not only a significant step toward ensuring that […]

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The 1st big bill of the Biden era is a BFD. Here’s why

Originally published on CBC News. Advocates for these measures included doctors, in Boston, who, despite working in one of the wealthiest cities in one of the wealthiest nations on Earth, described seeing underweight babies that meet the World Health Organization definition of malnutrition. A researcher who works with these doctors says they literally notice babies’ weights fluctuating […]

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Our children are in trouble if we don’t pass Biden’s child allowance

Originally published on The Hill. Many of the pandemic’s effects are widely known — the lives lost, the businesses that have shut their doors, the families that are going hungry, the women who are being forced out of the job market, and the disproportionate impacts of all of this on lower-income families and communities of […]

Children’s HealthWatch testimony at the Massachusetts State House re: Lift the Cap on Kids campaign

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Dr. Ana Poblacion, Postdoctoral Fellow at Children’s HealthWatch, testified before the Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities’ hearing on support of two Acts: An Act Relative to the Well Being and Care of a Child and An Act to Lift the Cap on Kids.

Allison Bovell Testimony Before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

On May 2, 2017 Allison Bovell, Children’s HealthWatch Research, Policy, and Communications Coordinator, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of Senate bill 612, “An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs”.

Juell Frazier, Witnesses to Hunger – Testimony Before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

On May 2nd, 2017 Witnesses to Hunger member, Juell Frazier, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of Senate bill 612, “An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs”.

20 Years of TANF: Innovations Needed to Improve Health

Twenty years ago Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed into law an act to “end welfare as we know it”. This act replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with the current program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), thereby converting the program to a block grant and implementing stringent work requirements and […]

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Earning More, Receiving Less: Loss of Benefits and Child Hunger

Children’s HealthWatch published a new policy brief on how employment can lead to a harmful loss of benefit for needy families.

Maternal Depression, Changing Public Assistance, Food Security and Child Health Status

This article investigates the association of a positive report on a maternal depression screen (PDS) with loss or reduction of welfare support and food stamps, household insecurity, and child health measures among children aged ≤36 months.  In a sample of 5,306 mothers, those with PDS were more likely to report fair/poor child health, hospitalizations during the […]