Daily Dime

June 18, 2021

ACA survives, but coverage gap remains

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again upheld the Affordable Care Act, ruling 7-2 against a challenge by Republican attorneys general who sought to overturn the landmark 2010 health care law. It marks the latest failed challenge by the law’s opponents, who have tried repeatedly to undermine widespread coverage gains across the country, particularly among low-income adults on Medicaid.… Read more...

June 17, 2021

Governor cuts off unemployment boost

Louisiana will stop accepting the federal $300 weekly unemployment benefits at the end of July, dropping unemployed residents down to an average weekly benefit amount that is the lowest in the nation. The decision came as part of a trade made in the final hours of the legislative session: Lawmakers would agree to raise state unemployment benefits by $28 per week starting in January, if Gov.… Read more...

June 16, 2021

P-EBT on the way, despite delays

Pandemic-EBT, also called P-EBT, provides additional money for groceries to families with schoolchildren who qualify for free or reduced price meals, helping out with strained household budgets in tough times. While Congress approved the benefit in September, logistical hurdles meant that many states are only now getting benefits to kids in need.… Read more...

June 15, 2021

Workers are gaining power

Last week Gov. John Bel Edwards signaled that he would become the latest governor to end the federal $300 per week benefit going to unemployed people. He’ll do so in exchange for a $28 per week increase to Louisiana’s lowest-in-America unemployment benefits that won’t kick in until 2022.… Read more...