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04/17/14U.S. jobless claims, factory data give economy some shinereuters.comUnemployment Benefits & Unemployment Rate
New applications for unemployment benefits held near their pre-recession levels last week and factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April, painting a bright picture of the economy. The economy is regaining its footing after a brutally cold winter and is back on track for faster growth later this year.
04/15/14Supply, Demand, and Unemployment Benefitskrugman.blogs.nytimes.comUnemployment Benefits & Business & Economy
Ben Casselman points out that we’ve had a sort of natural experiment in the alleged effects of unemployment benefits in reducing employment. Extended benefits were cancelled at the beginning of this year; have the long-term unemployed shown any tendency to find jobs faster? And the answer is no. Let me parse this a bit more, and ask, how was it, exactly, that reduced benefits were supposed to encourage employment in the first place?
04/09/14Invisible Social Security Cuts: Now You See Them, Now You Don'thuffingtonpost.comSocial Security
The unseen hand of antigovernment ideology can be found everywhere nowadays -- even in your mailbox. The proof is in what you won't find there, like your annual statement of earned Social Security benefits. The government stopped mailing those out in 2011. It's also getting a lot harder to find Social Security field offices, or even to find someone to pick up the phone, as the Social Security Administration enters into yet more rounds of steep budget cuts.
04/07/145 Ways to Boost Your Social Security Paymentsdailyfinance.comSocial Security
One of the most important retirement decisions you will make is when to sign up for Social Security. The age you first claim benefits can have a dramatic impact on the size of your monthly payments in retirement. Here are five great ways to make the most of your Social Security benefit:
04/04/14Medicaid, CHIP enrollment soars in Februaryusatoday.comMedicaid & Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Nearly 3 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program in February, an increase probably spurred by the Affordable Care Act deadline of March 31 and improvements in state and federal insurance exchanges. Figures released Friday morning by the Obama administration show that from Oct. 1 through the end of February, 11.7 million people were determined eligible for the Medicaid and CHIP programs.
04/03/14Tax Q&A: Are Social Security benefits taxable?usatoday.comSocial Security & Taxes
With the April 15 tax deadline fast approaching, you probably have questions. Fortunately, we have answers. Every day until April 15, members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants have agreed to answer selected tax questions from USA TODAY readers.
04/02/14Walmart employees on food stamps: Their wages aren’t enough to get by.slate.comFood Stamp Program, Taxes & Big Businesses
As real wages continue to decline, the food stamp economy is booming. This is the second part of the Marketplace series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp.” You can listen to the series here.
04/01/14Huntsville opens Section 8 housing choice voucher wait list; everything you need to know in...blog.al.comSection 8 Housing & Alabama
The Huntsville Housing Authority will accept online applications for the Section 8 housing choice voucher waiting list until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15.
04/01/14Paul Ryan rehashes an old Social Security lie--at your expenselatimes.comSocial Security & Paul Ryan
There should be a rule--or even a law--that politicians who propose "fixes" to Social Security should at least show they know something about the program. By that standard, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., would flunk. What's worse, his misunderstandings--heck, let's go ahead and call them misrepresentations--are aimed at taking your money.
04/01/14Big-box stores make billions off food stamps: Often it’s their own workers using them.slate.comFood Stamp Program, Taxes & Big Businesses
The biggest winners of the SNAP economy are the ones the government won’t tell you about. This is Part I in the Marketplace series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp.” You can listen to the series here.
03/27/14U.S. database for tracking Medicaid frauds falls short, auditor saysreuters.comMedicaid & Children's Health Insurance Progr...
A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.
03/25/14Is liberalism good for your health?motherjones.comHealth & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
Thanks to the US Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare, states do not have to participate in one of its signature initiatives: The expansion of the Medicaid program to cover more individuals. And once the Supreme Court opened this door, there was a clear pattern to which states ran out of it: From Mississippi to Oklahoma, the states that didn't get on board tended to be more politically conservative. And so they in effect denied many of their residents, especially the working poor, access to affordable health coverage. Tha...
03/24/14Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Carewlrn.orgChildren's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
In Florida, children who were born outside the United States -- and live here lawfully -- have to wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health care program known as Florida KidCare.
03/24/14Final Call For Questions On Health Insurance As Deadline Loomsnpr.orgChildren's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) & Medicare & Medicaid
There is just one week left to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. NPR's Julie Rovner answers last-minute questions about what happens after that.
03/19/14Michigan's unemployment rate 5th highest in nation despite dropping to lowest level since 2...mlive.comUnemployment Benefits & Unemployment Rate
While Michigan's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since before the Great Recession, it remained the fifth-highest in the country. Michigan's jobless rate was 7.8 percent in January, the best since May 2008.
03/03/14New Ad Campaign Launches to Promote Access to Health Insurance for Pennsylvania's Childrenprnewswire.comChildren's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
A new marketing campaign launches today aimed at ensuring Pennsylvanians understand that healthcare coverage is within reach for uninsured children.
03/01/14Almost 9 million Americans found eligible for Medicaid or CHIPbignewsnetwork.comChildren's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Nearly 9 million people have been determined to be eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program since Oct. 1, U.S. officials said Friday.
02/28/14HHS touts jump in Medicaid eligibilitythehill.comMedicaid & Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
HHS said the bulk of determinations came in states that opted to expand their programs.
01/23/14Fox News Perpetuates 'Urban Myth' That Food Stamps Can Buy Pottalkingpointsmemo.comFood Stamp Program, Fox News & Department of...
Can Coloradans purchase their new-fangled recreational marijuana with food stamps? The Associated Press calls it "an urban myth." The U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidance appears pretty explicit in forbidding anything like the procurement of narcotics, even legal ones, with government benefits. But Fox News is still sounding the siren that taxpayer dollars could be paying for people to smoke up.
01/16/14Here's the latest GOP assault on food stamps.motherjones.comFood Stamp Program, David Vitter & 113th Con...
On Wednesday, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced a bill that would force recipients of food stamps to show a valid photo ID to buy food. Anti-hunger advocates say that because many poor people cannot afford to purchase government IDs, the requirement would make it harder for low-income Americans to eat.

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