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September 16, 2016
by Emily Nelson

The Federal Poverty Line is Too Damn Low | Talk Poverty
This week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced a dramatic decreases in the number of Americans living below the poverty line between 2014 and 2015. Although this is great news, it is important to take a closer look at just how low the poverty line is set: $12,000 for a single person living alone in 2015 and only about $24,000 for a married couple living with two children. If you think this seems too low, you are not alone. Learn more about how the poverty line is determined and how politics have gotten in the way of updating the calculation. Read the Article >>

Health Care Costs Still Push Americans into Poverty | CBS
Dig into the Census Bureau’s recent release on the new poverty statistics in the United States and you will find not everything is rosy for those Americans at the bottom of the economic ladder. If you look deeper in the report, you will find statistics for the Supplemental Poverty Measure, a more complex statistic than the poverty rate which incorporates items in addition to cash income such as tax payments, work expenses, basic necessities and more. According to these numbers, healthcare costs push millions of Americans below the poverty line. See just how big the impact of healthcare costs are on Americans struggling to make a living. Read the Article >>

Dems Urge USDA to Allow Online Food Stamp Purchases | The Hill
Under the 2014 Farm Bill, the USDA is required to test the effectiveness of allowing Americans enrolled in the food stamp program (SNAP) to purchase food online and determine if they will permit this practice nationwide. Many experts argue that allowing online food purchases using food stamps could greatly increase access to nutritious foods for low-income people. See how democrats are putting pressure on the USDA to kickoff testing this proposal. Read the Article >>

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