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Child Poverty, Financial Service Affordability, Immigration Emergency Room Crisis Myths, and Changes in Child Care

One reason child poverty persists in the United States, as this EPI Snapshot highlights, is that our country does relatively little through spending and tax programs to ease poverty compared to all other developed nations.  Check out the rather dramatic graph comparing efforts between nations.

One of the nastiest facts of the marketplace is that lower-income families often pay much higher prices -- especially for financial services, mortgages and insurance -- than the prices paid by wealthier families for the same goods.  The Brookings Institution details policies that can promote public-private partnerships to deliver lower cost prices to working families.

A new study in the journal Health Affairs shows that communities with high levels of noncitizens do not have more crowding in emergency rooms, helping debunk the myth that immigration is the major cause of problems in our health care system.

A new study by the Urban Institute outlines how subsidies for child care have increased as part of changes in welfare laws in recent years, while encouraging more collaboration between child care, Head Start, pre-kindergarten programs, and intervention programs for children with disabilities.