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We’re all feeling it — the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for our loved ones and collective future, but we cannot ignore the many ways in which the coronavirus crisis is a gendered one, especially on Equal Pay Day – Tuesday, March 31st, 2020.
Too many families are forced to experience the inhumane realities of what it is to be incarcerated inside of a New York jail, especially one like Rikers Island, for no other reason than their inability to pay cash bail. The same was true for 16-year-old Kalief Browder who was tortured for over three years (two of them in solitary confinement), simply because his family could not afford bail. “My mother blamed herself for Kalief’s detention because she couldn’t afford the $3,000 bail money. She...
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Diarra Aida Diouf
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Ten years ago I was pregnant with my first born and was covered under Medicaid for pregnant women. I will always be thankful for that medical coverage. It ensured that my very intense delivery, and subsequent week long hospital stay, was covered and I was able to focus on being a first time mother while my husband went back to work. In the ten years since, a lot has changed. I'm now a single mom of two kids and am self employed with an in home daycare. In the last couple of years, a lot has...
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Amber MacQuarrie
Parents of young children are probably the most tired and affected during this time of staying safe at home. Young children, unlike older children, do not have the ability to separate this time of sheltering at home from “normal time.” This is why a parent of a young child needs to be careful in how they organize the days ahead, since your little one is developing and changing neurologically at a rapid pace, without care or worry of what is happening around them. For parents that have children...
Marcella Termini, a MomsRising supporter in NH, shares a quick timeline of how Medicaid became important to her family. In the face of repeated attempts by some in Congress to cut Medicaid, MomsRising will continue to work to protect this life-saving, transformational program that provides critical support for families like Marcella's across the country. *** 2008-2011: Our new family of four (Mom, Dad, twin boys) have employer sponsored insurance that covers the basics needed for our lives. Two...
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Marcella Termini
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With everything going on right now, it's great to have some good news to celebrate. Today, Governor Inslee signed SB 5473 into law, a bill that will examine the barriers that family caregivers experience when trying to access unemployment insurance. There is no way to overstate this: Washington families need these changes and they need them now. With a record number of Washingtonians filing for unemployment, it is more important than ever that our unemployment insurance laws reflect the lives...
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Maggie Humphreys
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As we continue to unpack the Families First Coronavirus Response Act , we thought we’d take a closer look at how the bill will impact pregnant women covered by Medicaid and CHIP. First, some important background. Eligibility. Medicaid and CHIP offer multiple coverage pathways for pregnant women, including mandatory and optional coverage groups. Medicaid requires coverage of pregnant women with incomes at or below 133% of poverty, however all but four states (ID, LA, OK, SD) have opted to cover...
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This is part 2 of 2 posts sharing A Better Balance's FAQ on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
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Congress passed, and the President has signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which is effective from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Congress also passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is generally effective on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act amended FFCRA with respect to some sick time provisions and also provides expanded unemployment insurance benefits. Below are responses to some Frequently Asked Questions by workers about the new laws as they pertain to paid sick time. You can read A Better Balance’s statement about the passage of FFCRA and how we are fighting for additional protections, here.
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