Opinion: Medicaid Expansion Would Mean a Larger, Healthier Workforce for Alabama

By Robyn Hyden of Alabama Arise Robyn Hyden of Alabama Arise spotlights Medicaid expansion as a pro-work policy that supports not only healthier families and communities but expanded workforce participation and economic gains. People need to be healthy to work, and consistent access to health insurance is vital to staying healthy. But too many people who are sick and suffering … Read More

Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit? Advice: File Early

By Brad Wong and Keith Griffith | Originally published on February 1, 2019 by Equal Voice News The IRS is accepting filings for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a refund for low-income workers and successful U.S. anti-poverty program. Filing sooner is better, an analyst says. Families and individuals planning to file for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit – one … Read More

Better Policy Choices on Taxes, Transit Can Improve Alabamians’ Health – Alabama Arise

By Chris Sanders of Alabama Arise | Originally published on February 21, 2019A Alabama Arise highlights a new report showing how Medicaid expansion, state support for public transportation, and progressive taxation can boost health among low-income households and communities of color. Read the post for takeaways for Alabama, and view the full report via the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for implications for any state. Deeper and smarter investments in education, housing, infrastructure and other vital services can eliminate barriers to good health for low-income … Read More

Equal Voice Action Continues Advocacy Push to Protect Fair Lending Regulations

By Equal Voice Action On February 6, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its proposal to roll back key protections for individuals and families against predatory lending and payday loan debt traps. Read on for more information, and stay tuned for the opportunity to speak out against this policy change that will hurt poor and low-income families.  All families should … Read More

Free Tool: KFF Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator for 2019 ACA Plans

Are you or a family member looking to renew or enroll in a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces for 2019? The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator for 2019. Read KFF’s notice below about this useful tool, available in English and Spanish, and use the embedded calculator below to get started. KFF’s … Read More