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New Report Highlights One of Many Benefits a State Earned Income Credit would bring to Kentucky

The Earned Income Credit has grown to become the nation’s  most successful anti-poverty program since its creation in 1975.  The federal Earned Income Credit is the nation’s single most effective tool for reducing poverty among working families and children. In 2012, the Earned Income Credit lifted more than 6 million people across the nation out of poverty, over half of them children.  In 2012, the federal credit benefitted more than 410,000 Kentuckians – almost 25% of tax filers –and put more than $912 million [...]

By |2014-05-15T13:05:51-04:00May 15th, 2014|Blog, Economic Security|

Integrated Health Care Benefits Kentucky’s Children

We released a new issue brief today, Integrated Health Care Benefits Kentucky's Children, which examines the advantages of integrated health care as a way to improve the health of Kentucky's kids. In Kentucky, too many children struggle with poor health or have special health care needs. Kentucky’s health care system has undergone many changes in recent years. As these changes continue to be implemented, it is important for Kentucky to make sure all health needs of children are being met through improved [...]

By |2014-04-30T07:02:49-04:00April 30th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Annual Rankings Show Where Kentucky Counties do well and Opportunities for Improvement

Health does not exist in a vacuum. So much more impacts health than having health insurance and going to the doctor (although those are both really important). The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps project, a partnership between the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, understands this. They work to figure out what’s making people sick or healthy and then figure out what communities can do to impact that. According to the newest [...]

By |2014-03-26T14:24:09-04:00March 26th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Tweet Chat on a Kentucky Earned Income Tax Credit

While many spent Monday drinking green beer and celebrating their Irish (or lack of) heritage, several advocates and experts got together on Twitter for an hour-long chat about how a state Earned Income Tax Credit would benefit Kentucky. This was Kentucky Youth Advocates’ first time hosting a Tweet Chat. We had great participation from a few folks and many others participated by retweeting to their followers. All talked about the impressive benefits an Earned Income [...]

By |2014-03-20T10:18:10-04:00March 20th, 2014|Blog, Economic Security|

Time is Running Out to Enroll in kynect

Open enrollment for kynect, Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange, ends this month, which means many Kentuckians still need to enroll in health insurance before time runs out. And kynectors, those certified by the state to help folks navigate the enrollment process, are heading into overdrive with less than 30 days left to enroll. Last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader examined enrollment by county.  The paper’s analysis indicated that throughout the state, the percentage of people who were [...]

By |2014-03-04T09:23:00-05:00March 4th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Kentucky Competes Built on Foundation of Making Kentucky More Competitive but There’s Room for Improvement

Governor Beshear recently introduced his tax reform plan “Kentucky Competes,” a step in the right direction for continuing the dialogue on tax reform and the need to invest in Kentucky children and families.  We applaud the Governor for putting his plan out there as a stepping stone for further conversation. We want every child to have the opportunity to grow and be successful. However, deep cuts to investments in children over the past few years [...]

By |2014-02-18T13:36:50-05:00February 18th, 2014|Blog, Economic Security|

War on Poverty Turns 50 – How Far Have We Come? How Far do We Have Left to Go?

In the last couple of weeks, amidst getting back into the swing of things following holiday laziness and excess, my email inbox, twitter feed, and blog roll have been inundated with information, resources, and commentary on income inequality and the war on poverty. If the sheer volume of information I’ve received is any indication, this is a big deal. Fifty years ago today, President Johnson declared in his first State of Union speech: “Let this [...]

By |2014-01-08T14:06:41-05:00January 8th, 2014|Blog, Economic Security|

The Importance of “Young Invincibles”

The term “young invincible” has been in the news a lot recently. What is a “young invincible”? A “young invincible” is a person between the ages of 19 and 34. This age group is particularly important in the context of health insurance. As insurance marketplaces, either state or federally-run, are getting up and running throughout the country, a distribution of all age groups is important for these marketplaces to succeed. The young invincibles are especially [...]

By |2013-12-19T11:06:10-05:00December 19th, 2013|Blog, Health|

A State Earned Income Credit Would Help Thousands of Kentucky Families and the Economy

As we delve deeper into the holiday season, we are often reminded of how many families throughout the country, and here in the Commonwealth, struggle every day to make ends meet. So many parents are working and trying to take care of their children, and themselves. As our legislators prepare to head to Frankfort in January, they have opportunities to help these families in meaningful ways. Thousands of Kentucky families and communities could see immediate [...]

By |2013-12-05T12:21:25-05:00December 5th, 2013|Blog, Economic Security|

Spread the Word: Former Foster Care Youth will be Eligible for Medicaid Until Age 26 Starting January 1, 2014

Children who have experienced abuse and neglect often face physical and emotional health problems that stay with them for years. These children need access to consistent and ongoing health care to recover from abuse, including access to health coverage and access to doctors, counselors, or other health professionals when they are in need of care. Recent changes in the health care system in Kentucky will allow all young people to stay on their parent’s health [...]

By |2013-12-04T15:34:13-05:00December 4th, 2013|Blog, Health|
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