Poverty

September 20, 2012

New Census data show that poverty rates remained high in Pennsylvania last year. The state's uninsured rate showed little change from 2010 to 2011, although Pennsylvania continues to have a lower uninsured rate than the nation as a whole.

September 14, 2012

New Census data offer a mix of good and bad news. The share of Americans without health insurance declined, but the middle class continues to struggle in the wake of the recession and the acceleration of income inequality.

September 12, 2012

New data released by the Census Bureau underscore the important contributions of the Affordable Care Act as the share of Americans without health insurance declined in 2011 for the first time in four years.

July 3, 2012

The newly enacted Human Services Block Grant pilot program will be instituted in up to 20 counties. We have the details.

July 3, 2012

The General Assembly has adopted a Welfare Code bill that eliminates the General Assistance Program, affecting close to 69,000 vulnerable Pennsylvanians. It also includes several other provisions that will make it harder for low-income individuals with high health needs to access health care services and for low-income mothers to find work.

October 5, 2010

Poverty rates remained essentially unchanged in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2009, but some parts of the state saw a jump, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The new report also offers a snapshot of health insurance rates in communities across the state.

September 17, 2010

Pennsylvania experienced a small increase in poverty and a large decline in health insurance coverage. This report is the first to include a full year of data during the Great Recession.

July 8, 2010

Lawmakers avoided a prolonged fight over spending and taxes, but they also missed an opportunity to raise recurring revenue to put Pennsylvania on surer fiscal footing. PBPC has a full analysis of the 2010-11 budget plan signed into law on July 6.

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