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Mass. Urged to Follow States on Tax Credit for Immigrants

Originally published on Boston 25 News. BOSTON — After about 18,500 tax-paying immigrant families in Massachusetts missed out on some of the direct COVID-19 relief payments from Washington during the pandemic, some advocates and progressive lawmakers want to make sure they don’t continue to lose the benefit of a state tax credit for low-income families […]

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Monday, May 17, 2021 – Watch the Recording For Our ‘Ending the Tax Penalty Against Immigrant Families’ Town Hall

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on the American Families Plan

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the significant investments in the health and well-being of young children and families proposed in the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Families Plan (AFP), released yesterday. Central to equitable recovery and truly building back better, the AFP includes historic investments in child care and universal pre-kindergarten, permanently expands recent improvements to the Earned Income […]

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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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How Will Biden’s Fix for Child Poverty Affect Kids’ Health?

Originally published on Tradeoffs. The recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act includes a sweeping expansion of the child tax credit, a policy change that could protect millions of kids from poverty — and the health risks that come with it. Episode Credits Guests: Deborah Frank, MD, Founding Director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center (retired); Professor […]

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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 […]

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From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity in America

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.