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County and School District Level Poverty Estimates Are Out for 2013

County and School District Level Poverty Estimates Are Out for 2013

The Census Bureau has released the 2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for all states, counties, and school districts in the US.  The graphs showing the rates for 2008-2013 are presented for the graphs above with 90% confidence bounds for the estimates for the % in poverty and the state Median income for […]

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New American Community Survey Findings on Health Insurance

New American Community Survey Findings on Health Insurance

The US Census Bureau has come out with the American Community Survey (ACS) for 2013 on which the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) are based.  New county level poverty estimates are due out in December and the county level estimates of the uninsured are due out for 2013 in early 2015.  The early findings from the […]

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Middle Class In Every Pa. County Has Shrunk Since 1970s (Press Release from KRC)

Middle Class In Every Pa. County Has Shrunk Since 1970s (Press Release from KRC)

The Keystone Research Center has released a report detailing how the income share for Pennsylvania’s middle class has shrunk since 1978 in each county.  The full text of their press release is below.  New Census data on the uninsured for Pennsylvania and it’s counties for 2013 will be out tomorrow to give us a glimpse of how […]

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The Coverage Gap: The Real Failure of Obamacare

The Coverage Gap: The Real Failure of Obamacare

Right now, the corporate media are focused like a laser on the “scandal” of the malfunctioning of the national health insurance exchange website. Although these glitches reflect negatively on the Obama administration, they are technical problems that will be fixed. They have nothing to do with the substance of the law. A more important failure […]

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Tom Corbett to PA’s Working Poor:  “Drop Dead!” Pt. 3

Tom Corbett to PA’s Working Poor: “Drop Dead!” Pt. 3

Part 3. What Medicaid Expansion Would Mean to Pennsylvania On Tuesday, PA Governor Tom Corbett stated that at this time he cannot recommend accepting $38 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid, thereby denying medical assistance to more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians. This series of posts will consider the implications of that decision. My first post presented evidence that Medicaid […]

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States of Confusion

States of Confusion

Medicaid expansion is a critical part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of the approximately 30 million people who are currently uninsured, but will be if the ACA is fully implemented, fully half of them—the poorest half—will be insured through the Medicaid expansion. Traditional Medicaid is jointly administered by the state and federal governments. The Feds set some basic […]

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The Supreme Pennsylvania Medicaid Decision

The Supreme Pennsylvania Medicaid Decision

Little noticed in all of the celebrating over the Supreme Court’s decision was the part of it that said that the federal government cannot take away federal funding for states that refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion that is contained in the Affordable Care Act.  States will be reimbursed for the expansion 100% in 2014 […]

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New Interactive Map on County Poverty Rates

New Interactive Map on County Poverty Rates

Slate.com has produced an interactive map showing how poverty rates have changed in each US county from 2007 to 2010 to show the impact of the recession.  Only Bradford County in the northeast has shown a significant decrease for Pennsylvania from 14% in 2007 to 10.9% in 2010.  The other 66 counties in PA either […]

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Theresa Chalich’s Letter to the Editor on Single Payer

Theresa Chalich’s Letter to the Editor on Single Payer

Long Time PUSH volunteer (and fellow Bishop McCort HS alum) Theresa Chalich wrote the letter below to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on March 18.  From her writing it sounds like she would make a good blogger 🙂  Our cruel system This letter is written in response to the March 11 editorial “Profiles in Poverty.” An essential solution to […]

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