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Report Finds TANF Reaching Fewer Needy Americans

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, created by the 1996 welfare law, is designed to provide a temporary safety net to poor families — primarily those with no other means to meet basic needs — but its reach has shrunk considerably over time, both nationally and in nearly every state.

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Michigan’s Waiver Proposal Undermines Medicaid Expansion

Michigan is putting its well-documented Medicaid expansion success in jeopardy with a proposal to both impose higher premiums on Medicaid expansion beneficiaries and to take away their coverage if they don’t meet work requirements, according to a Washington, DC-based think tank.

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California Officials Show Little Interest In Tracking Medicaid

With nearly a third of its population (32.6%) enrolled in Medicaid, California began making public quality scores for commercial health provider groups over a decade ago. But the state still doesn't have a scorecard to track the performance of Medicaid provider groups. And, to date, state officials haven't indicated very little interest in changing the status quo.

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City Places Rent Controls on Residential Leases Affecting Seniors

Officials in East Orange, NJ have approved a statute barring landlords from raising the rent of people aged 65 and older, as well as those with disabilities, by more than 2 percent annually.

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Florida, Georgia AGs Turn Up the Heat on Scammers

Attorneys general in Florida and Georgia suggest ways to combat senior abuse, with Florida AG Pam Bondi noting more than 3.2 million senior Florida residents are ripe targets for scammers.

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Virginia Lawmakers Vote to Expand Medicaid Coverage

The Virginia General Assembly has voted to expand health coverage to nearly 400,000 of the Commonwealth’s residents, joining the 33 other states, including the District of Columbia, that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Calif. Insurance Commissioner Issues Cease and Desist Order

If you’re a California resident and a customer of Access Insurance Company, you may want to give serious consideration to finding another insurance company with which to do business.

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Arkansas’ Medicaid Work Policy Jeopardizes State’s Progress

The Trump administration’s approval of Arkansas’ harsh Medicaid work requirement will likely set back the state’s considerable progress under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in increasing coverage and improving access to care, health, and financial stability for low-income Arkansans.

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Finance Website Ranks Best and Worst States for Women

With March being Women’s History Month and campaigns against sexual harassment such as #MeToo and #TimesUp making national news in recent months, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Women.

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Maryland Becomes Latest State to Enact 'Right to Try' Law

A law protecting the right of terminally ill patients to pursue treatments that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process but are not yet on pharmacy shelves has been passed unanimously by the Maryland State House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

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