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Involving Families in Public Policy Innovation to Reduce Cost-Driven Moves and Related Disruption

This is a commentary to Moving Because of Unaffordable Housing and Disrupted Social Safety Net Access Among Children by Kathryn M. Leifheit et al. Click here to read the original […]

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Moving Because of Unaffordable Housing and Disrupted Social Safety Net Access Among Children

OBJECTIVES: To measure associations between residential moves because of unaffordable housing costs and disruptions in access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, […]

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Mid-year budget cuts prevent planned increase to MA cash assistance

Balancing budgets should not come on the backs of our poorest families.   Earlier this month, the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced mid-year budget cuts that will prevent a planned increase to the […]

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An Apple a Day Won’t Even Be Affordable for Children if Critical Program Isn’t Funded

As Congress approaches yet another deadline to fund the government and its programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)—a program that provides healthy foods and […]

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Remarks from Gloria Cabrera on the impact of expanded family tax credits during the Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition celebratory event November 8, 2023

On November 8, 2023, the Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition, led by Children’s HealthWatch, hosted an event at the Massachusetts State House celebrating the expansion of family tax credits. Bill […]

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Food insufficiency increased in US households by 25% after expiration of Child Tax Credit payments

The six short months of these Child Tax Credit advanced payments clearly made a big difference for American families, a permanent expansion would be a game-changer for reducing child poverty for good. There is more to do to make sure that very low-income families actually get the monthly payments, prompting efforts like GetCTC.org, but a permanent expansion allows resources and awareness to build around the policy in a way that short-term fixes don’t.”

Paul Shafer, Study Senior Author, Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management, BUSPH

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US Food Insufficiency Spiked by 25% After Monthly Child Tax Credits Expired

Originally posted on Newswise. In the months after the advance federal Child Tax Credit cash payments ended in December 2021, low-income families with children struggled the most to afford enough […]

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US food insufficiency surged by 25 percent after end of child tax credits: analysis

Originally posted on KTLA News. The percentage of U.S. families who could not afford sufficient food increased substantially in the months after the federal government’s advance child tax credit cash payments […]

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Ensuring food security and health beyond the Covid-19 public health emergency

“This significant increase in food insufficiency among families with children is particularly concerning for child health equity,” lead author Allison Bovell-Ammon, director of policy and communications at Children’s HealthWatch at Boston University School of Public Health, said in a statement.

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Food Insufficiency Up 25% Since Manchin, GOP Killed Child Tax Credit Boost

“A permanent expansion would be a game-changer for reducing child poverty for good,” said one study co-author.