September 15, 2021

Pandemic Relief Helped Reduce Poverty

Federal pandemic aid lifted millions of Americans out of poverty last year, despite dire economic conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the official federal poverty rate increased slightly in 2020 from the previous year.… Read more...

September 9, 2021

Quality Health Care for Louisiana Kids

Louisiana is a national leader in ensuring that all children have access to health coverage. But coverage doesn’t always ensure that kids and families are getting the care they need to stay healthy. 

The federal government uses the Child Core Set to measure the quality of care that kids get through Medicaid and the Louisiana Child Health Insurance Program.… Read more...

July 15, 2021

Local ARPA Funds Can Build a Lasting Recovery

The federal American Rescue Plan Act directed $1.8 billion to Louisiana cities, towns and parishes. This money has now started making its way into local government coffers, helping to mitigate budget shortfalls caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. But it also presents a rare opportunity for local communities to make investments that can help lift families and neighborhoods out of poverty.… Read more...

July 13, 2021

Louisiana families will begin receiving new Child Tax Credit payments

Starting this week, 94% of Louisiana’s children – a little more than 1 million – will start receiving the first monthly payment from the newly enhanced federal Child Tax Credit. The payments are part of the historic $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law that will help reduce child poverty in the United States by more than 40%. … Read more...