We Will All Prosper from the Better Off Budget
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The House of Representatives will vote next week on various budget proposals for 2015. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his budget for the House Republican majority on April 1st. Earlier this month, the House Progressive Caucus released its budget, the“Better Off Budget”. The Ryan/Republican Budget is dead on arrival and will move no further in the congressional process this year because of certain Senate opposition. However, these two budgets clearly illustrate differing visions of America’s future. ECM strongly supports the Better Off Budgetand urges the House to vote “Yes” on it next week. Here is a brief comparison of the two budgets:
Why Every Child Needs to #GetCovered
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Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, we are asked what the law does for children. We think the act is a historic step for the health of America’s children because it:
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- Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and protects families if their child needs extensive care.
- Increases coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program which insures millions of children.
- Provides pediatric benefit packages with oral and vision coverage for all children. The law requires coverage of not only basic pediatric services under all new health plans, but also oral and vision needs, starting next year. Many health plans do not provide coverage for needed child health services, and 12 percent of children have not had a doctor’s visit in the past year. These inadequate plans would end.
- Improves quality of care for children. The law develops children’s quality priorities and promotes children’s quality measurement and reporting to improve the care that our nation’s children receive.
- Increases health insurance choices through state-based health insurance Exchanges to families without job-based coverage and provides tax credits to those who can’t afford it.
- Ends the lifetime caps on coverage. The law ends all lifetime limits on how much insurance companies cover if beneficiaries get sick and bans insurance companies from dropping people from coverage when they get sick.
- Extends coverage of youth up to the age of 26. Millions of young adults have received coverage as a result of this law.
Raising minimum wage results in significant SNAP savings
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From our friends at Half in Ten:
This morning CAP and UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment released a new report demonstrating that the nation stands to reap significant savings in federal spending on nutrition assistance programs by increasing the minimum wage.
Commissioned by the Center for American Progress and authored by economist Michael Reich and Rachel West, the report shows that the government stands to save $46 billion in SNAP expenditures over 10 years by raising the minimum wage to the Harkin-Miller level of $10.10, and provides expected state-by-state enrollment reductions.
NPR Story On National Commission To Eliminate Child Abuse Deaths
National Public Radio aired a great story on Monday’s first public meeting of the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The Commission soon will be announcing its plans for nationwide fact-finding on child abuse and neglect fatalities. ECM will post the Commission’s schedule once it becomes known.
Also check out what NASW, member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse Deaths, posted about the first meeting of the Commission.
Helping Low-income Working Families
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ECM’s New England Campaign Director MaryLou Beaver referenced the new report from The Working Poor Families Project, Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future, in her latest newsletter, Granite State Rumblings.
A new report from The Working Poor Families Project states that in 2012, there were more than 10 million low-income working families with children in the United States, and 39 percent (4.1million) were headed by working mothers struggling to support 8.5 million children. The economic conditions for these families have worsened since the onset of the recession; between 2007 and 2012, there was a four percentage-point increase in the share of female-headed working families that are low-income.
The report defines “low-income working families” as earning no more than twice the federal poverty income threshold. In 2012, the low-income threshold for a family of three with two children was $36,966.
Addressing challenges specific to these families will increase their economic opportunity, boost the economy and strengthen the fabric of communities across the nation.
Public policy can play a critical role in our future prosperity by reversing this trend and improving outcomes for low-income working mothers. While the federal government can play a role, of particular interest in this report is how state governments can best invest in helping working mothers gain the education, skills, and supports necessary to become economically secure and provide a strong economic future for their children.
Attend or Listen In! – 1st Meeting - Child Abuse Fatalities Commission
WHAT: First public meeting of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a Federal Advisory Committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012.
WHEN: Monday, February 24, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Aerospace Building, 901 D St., SW, 7th floor west, Washington, DC 20447
Attendance in person requires advance registration. Submit your full name, organization, e-mail address, and phone number to Laura Urioste (
) by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 14.
Attendance via teleconference. Listen to the discussion by calling 877-939-8175, Meeting ID number 3067305. Push # when prompted for Attendee ID.
WHO: Commissioners, Staff, General Public
COMMENTS: While members of the public attending in person or by teleconference will not have the opportunity to ask questions or comment at this meeting, anyone wishing to comment, can do so in writing. Please follow the instructions in the Federal Register Notice.
CONTACT INFO: Ms. Randee Motzkin, Designated Federal Office, 202-205-8347, 1800 F St., NW, Rm. 7003D, Washington, DC 20006.
Repealing Health Care Law Would Mean Higher Costs
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Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Republicans may not agree with President Obama's State of the Union call to drop the idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act, but health experts say the law has taken such hold that it may be impossible to get rid of it.
The consequences of repeal, health care officials and industry analysts say, go beyond the fact that 9 million people would suddenly lose their insurance or that anyone with a pre-existing condition would either lose insurance or pay much higher premiums.
The Female Face of Poverty
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From an article by Maria Shriver for The Atlantic:
Let me state the obvious: I have never lived on the brink. I’ve never been in foreclosure, never applied for food stamps, never had to choose between feeding my children or paying the rent, and never feared I’d lose my paycheck when I had to take time off to care for a sick child or parent. I'm not thrown into crisis mode if I have to pay a parking ticket, or if the rent goes up. If my car breaks down, my life doesn’t descend into chaos.
But the fact is, one in three people in the United States do live with this kind of stress, struggle, and anxiety every day. More than 100 million Americans either live near the brink of poverty or churn in and out of it, and nearly 70 percent of these Americans are women and children.
From LBJ's 'War on Poverty' to today's war on the poor
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By James Weill and Christie Owens for The Hill
In his first State of the Union address on January 8, 1964, Lyndon Johnson combined compassion with responsible governance to launch an all-out War on Poverty in America. Moved to eradicate the paradox of poverty in a wealthy nation, his administration sensibly implemented multiple programs to raise wages, give children a good start, improve education, increase health care access, and ensure no one would go hungry.
Fifty years later, with U.S. poverty an alarming 15 percent, that effort remains urgent. Yet, in response, too many of today’s leaders profess faith and sectarian values at every turn, but act as though America is at war with the poor.
With rising inequality holding back economic recovery and laying bare the destitution of so many, is disdain and disregard for the downtrodden really the vision of humanity we wish to project to ourselves and the rest of the world?
War on Poverty—Are we losing?
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ECM’s New England Director MaryLou Beaver takes us back to the early days of 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” Below are excerpts of her article, including a quote from Johnson’s State of the Union speech. As you can see, many lines in that quote are as applicable today as they were then. Does that mean we’ve lost? I don’t think so, at least not yet, but we do need to get back in the trenches and bolster our national resolve to once and for all win this war we “cannot afford to lose.”
Fifty years ago this week, in his first State of the Union speech, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War On Poverty." Johnson's declaration came just weeks after succeeding to the White House upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
“This budget, and this year's legislative program, are designed to help each and every American citizen fulfill his basic hopes -- his hopes for a fair chance to make good; his hopes for fair play from the law; his hopes for a full-time job on full-time pay; his hopes for a decent home for his family in a decent community; his hopes for a good school for his children with good teachers; and his hopes for security when faced with sickness or unemployment or old age.
Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope -- some because of their poverty, and some because of theft color, and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.”
This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort.
It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won. The richest Nation on earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it. One thousand dollars invested in salvaging an unemployable youth today can return $40,000 or more in his lifetime.”