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Here's to 80 More Years of Keeping Seniors out of Poverty

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

As Social Security turns 80 this year, we celebrate it as the nation's most successful anti-poverty program in history. In 80 years, it has lifted millions of our families out of poverty and never missed a payment. But millions of the seniors in our communities still live in poverty today.

Privatized Medicaid Managed Care: Yet Another Health Policy Disaster

John Geyman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

You might think that we learned the lesson of discredited managed care in the 1990s. The term "managed care" is confusing to many, but really amounts to managed reimbursement rather than managed care, whereby a set prospective annual payment is made by federal/state governments, as in the case of Medicaid managed care (MMC), to cover whatever services patients will receive over the coming year.

Current SSI Levels Leave Low-Income Seniors Out in the Cold

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

Most people have an idea of practical ways to keeps seniors safe this winter: space heaters, rubber-soled boots, or clearing your elderly neighbor's icy sidewalks. But the big-picture safety issues unfortunately cannot be solved with a shovel and some salt.

Guess Who is ABLE to Work?

René Bryce-Laporte | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
René Bryce-Laporte

People with disabilities can use more programs like PATF's that prepare them for life and the workforce Passage of the ABLE Act is a movement in the right direction, as could be adjustments to IDAs and other anti-poverty programs that permit people with disabilities to participate in them on their way to greater independence.

Happy Birthday, SSI, Time for an Update

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

Individuals can only qualify for benefits if they have less than $2,000 in assets, an amount that has only been increased by one-third since 1972 even though the cost of living today is more than five and a half times what it was in 1972.

Reinvest in California Seniors to Boost Local Economies

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 08.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Henry A. J. Ramos

More than 68 percent of Californians say that poverty is a critical issue for the state to address, and majority support restoring the social safety net.

Asking How to Pay for Social Security Is Asking the Wrong Question

Scott Baker | Posted 06.01.2014 | Money
Scott Baker

Social Security works. It does what it was designed to do, and although this was not the concern when it was set up, it actually boosts the national output above what it distributes. It is a win-win-win.

Accommodating People With Disabilities

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

After two years of deploying every considered option, I was on a road to nowhere, all because I needed to find a way to acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle now that I am permanently wheelchair bound.

Mr. President, This Is My America

Paula Bray | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Paula Bray

This is America today. We have no running water; we use a hose to fill jugs. At night, in my bed, when it's cold out, my blanket can freeze to the wall of the RV. I have a Master's degree and have been in the workforce for over 30 years. By the end of this month, we will be without anywhere to turn.

Does The TSA Keep Too Many Secrets?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.08.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

If you think the American government keeps too many secrets, you should meet Jose Lacson.

Nicholas Kristof Says, 'I'm No Expert on Domestic Poverty' -- You Can Say That Again

Peter Edelman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Media
Peter Edelman

We're used to seeing the truth mangled in the public discourse about poverty, but when it's done by a journalist as respected as Nicholas Kristof, it's surprising bordering on shocking.

Children With Disabilities Need Support as Well as Education

John Bouman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Education
John Bouman

Children with disabilities clearly need both. There are strong relationships between the deprivations of deep poverty and mental health. But the task is immensely harder if the families the children live in are abjectly poor.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Cut To Social Security Fraud Program Could Cost Billions | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican push to cut Social Security integrity efforts by $750 million could end up costing $6 billion in increased waste and fraud,...

Homelessness Myth #20: They Make Millions

Christine Schanes | Posted 07.15.2011 | Impact
Christine Schanes

The myth that homeless people make millions or thousands of dollars is a myth of gigantic proportions.

Robin Hood 101

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

We suggest that California's governor and state legislature bone up on Robin Hood 101, and start taking from the rich and giving to the poor instead of the other way around!