October 2019 Newsletter

OCTOBER 2019 Public Charge Rule Blocked By Federal Courts In a victory for families and communities throughout the country, federal courts in multiple states blocked the Trump administration’s proposed public charge rule, which would restrict citizenship status based on past or potential use of public benefits. While the courts’ decisions can still be appealed, the initial rulings recognize the immense … Read More

Proposed Changes to SNAP Could Leave Nearly 1 Million Children Without Access to Free School Meals – FRAC

By Food Research & Action Center | Originally published on October 17, 2019 The Trump administration has reopened the public comment period regarding its proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Newly disclosed data that the USDA should have released earlier shows that, in addition to eliminating vital food assistance for 3.1 million people, the proposed changes could … Read More

The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves And Have-Nots

By Laura Unger of Kaiser Health News | Originally published on October 2, 2019 In this cross-post from nonprofit news service Kaiser Health News, Laura Unger examines how the uneven expansion of Medicaid across the United States creates starkly different levels of access to affordable health care for low-income households. ST. LOUIS — Patricia Powers went a few years without … Read More

Cook County & Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights File Lawsuit to Block Discriminatory Trump Administration Action

By Shriver Center on Poverty Law | September 24, 2019 The Shriver Center on Poverty Law announced a new lawsuit filed by Equal Voice ally Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), in partnership with Cook County, to block the Trump administration’s public charge rule. As yet another attack on poor families, this rule would be used to deny citizenship status … Read More