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#StoptheCuts so we can #endhungernow

Earlier this month, the Food Research and Action Center shared a comprehensive plan of action to end hunger in America. This plan lists clear steps that our nation can take to achieve this goal, but it most certainly cannot be done unless Congress #stopsthecuts and starts to invest in proven programs.

Preserve tax credits so struggling families can do more than just survive

Since joining RESULTS earlier this year, I’ve learned to understand the power of my own voice. If speak up and demand change — and if other ordinary people do the same — our elected representatives will listen. That’s why advocacy is such an incredible force. It has the capacity to transform policy and impact the lives of millions of people.  I wrote the op-ed below for the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I now live, and it was published this month. I want to see the end of poverty in my state and all over the country. I’m raising my voice for change, and I won’t give up until we get it.

It’s a cold December day in 2007, and downtown Jamaica Queens, N.Y., is decorated for the season. Big and beautiful wreaths hang from post to post. I stand in line hoping to be the first of the few inside before the building becomes unbelievably packed.

Giving all families a chance at healthy lives

Some of the most burdensome health conditions our communities and families face can be prevented. Yes, it is easier said than done, but we must take action when more than half of all adults in the U.S. have a chronic health disease and 7 in 10 adult deaths are caused by ones such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

 

These diseases are common, costly, and often preventable. Through healthy lifestyles and access to quality health care, chronic diseases can affect fewer individuals and families in all communities. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs) are disproportionately affected by chronic conditions due to gaping health disparities between racial groups. Cancer, for example, is the leading cause of death for Asian Americans, and NHPIs have rates of diabetes that are nearly double the rates of white Americans.

 

An Open Letter to Women Nationwide

Dear women nationwide,

My name is Randi Schmidt. I am a child advocate who is writing to every woman who, as a child, lived through economic hardships such as hunger, a parent losing their job, falling ill or dying, or whose family struggled to get by paycheck-to-paycheck. I ask you to remember who and what helped you when you were young and to speak out for the solutions that can help give all of our nation’s children the best opportunities today and for their future.

Congress isn’t facing a crisis of resources but of priorities

Have you ever had to choose between medicine and gasoline? What about rent and car insurance? How about keeping your phone on and electricity? Every day, these are the sorts of decisions that far too many people living in the United States have to make.

Poverty remains stubbornly and unacceptably high according to new data released in September by the Census Bureau. But most of us already knew that – we see our neighbors struggling to pay rent, feed their families, and provide for basic necessities. Others of us need to look no further than our own pocketbooks to see the impact of unemployment and underemployment.

Many of our legislators have never experienced poverty and yet, stubbornly refuse to provide the proper supports needed to help families thrive.

A Slow-Motion Disaster in the Making

After waiting until the last possible minute to act, Congress recently averted a shutdown of the federal government by passing a “Continuing Resolution” (CR) for the 2016 federal fiscal year that began on October 1, 2015. Yet this short-term action, which only keeps the government open until mid-December, can’t be counted as an accomplishment because the CR fails fundamentally to meet the resource needs of programs that support low-income families by merely continuing last year’s inadequate funding levels—the lowest in a decade, adjusted for inflation—for all annually appropriated federal programs.

This marks an ominous start to the fiscal year for crucial services, such as child care, education, job training, and health care, that can help hard-working poor and low-income people lift themselves and their families to economic security. And while this short-term fix averted the disruption and severe consequences of an immediate government shutdown, it simply postpones the crucial decisions on funding for key priorities—setting the stage for yet another shutdown stand-off when the CR expires on December 11, 2015.

#StopTheCuts Blog Carnival! Families & the Federal Budget

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Our nation and our Congress has some momentous decisions to make in the coming weeks. Will we balance our nation’s budget on the backs of working families, which hurts our economy in the long-run, or will we instead end tax breaks for billionaires? Budget cuts proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are extremely concerning. Indeed, this past Spring, both the U.S. House and Senate passed budgets that generated two-thirds of their cuts from programs that assist low- and moderate-income people including block granting CHIP and Medicaid, making $125 billion in cuts to SNAP, and additional cuts to Pell Grants, K-12 education, and child nutrition.  These awful budgets are their vision for the next decade, and it’s a vision that is bad for families and bad for our economy as a whole.

 

Your Mother’s Day gift to you

Did you know that, even though open enrollment season for health insurance has closed, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is open all-year round?

Good news for pregnant moms

This is good news for expectant moms who cannot afford coverage, since it means that they can still get the prenatal care needed for a healthy pregnancy. While the details of the benefits vary by state, coverage includes, at minimum, all health care related to pregnancy, labor, and delivery and any complications that may occur during pregnancy. Eligibility levels also vary slightly by state. Generally, a total family income of $44,122 for a family of four will qualify pregnant moms for low-cost or free health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP. (But check with your state for details.)

Good news for children

Su propio regalo del Día de las Madres

¿Sabía usted que, aunque se ha cerrado la temporada de inscripción abierta para el seguro de salud, inscripción al Medicaid y el Programa de seguro médico para niños (CHIP, por sus siglas en inglés) ocurre durante todo el año?

Teeth Need Care Too!

In our ongoing conversation about health and healthcare, we often forget to mention dental health. Did you know tooth decay is the number one chronic disease of children? According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2 to 5 years and half of those aged 12 to 15. It’s even worse for lower-income families. About half of these kids and two-thirds of those aged 12 to 19 had or do have decay issues.

If you have ever suffered through a tooth ache, you know how painful they can be. For our children, untreated cavities can cause pain, bad behavior, school absences, concentration issues and insecurities about appearance.  

The good news is that tooth decay is preventable and 100% curable. In addition to regular visits to a dentist or dental clinic beginning at about age one, we as parents need to encourage and model good oral healthcare practices with our children. These core practices shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. They include brushing, flossing and healthy eating.

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