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Public News Service - OH: Poverty Issues

More than a third of Ohio's budget is made up of the types of federal grant dollars that President Trump's budget proposal trims by $44 billion. (whitehouse.gov)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the federal budget process plays out in Congress, a national economist says there's a lot at stake for Ohio. President Donald Trump's proposal attempts to balance the budget by 2027, with nearly $4.5 trillion in cuts. The President of the Center on Budget and Policy Prio

The percentage of Ohio children and adults covered by Medicaid in rural areas and small towns grew between 2009 and 2015. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new report underscores the importance of Medicaid in ensuring rural Ohio families have access to the care they need to stay healthy. According to the findings from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, 40 percent of Ohio children living in rural commu

AEP and Duke Energy want to increase fixed monthly charges on customers' bills. (Suzie Tremmel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — People around Ohio are speaking out about proposed rate increases from local utility companies. Both American Electric Power and Duke Energy want to raise the fixed charge for customers - a charge that is paid even before the meter starts running. Opponents argue that the inc

A new report shows 5.5 percent of workers in Ohio reported minimum-wage violations. (Grant Baldwin/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 14 percent of Ohioans live in poverty – a situation that new research suggests could be avoided for some if they weren't being cheated out of pay. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) examined reports of minimum-wage theft in the 10 most populous states, inclu

Babies born below 5 pounds, 8 ounces are defined as low-birth-weight. (Cesar Rincon/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Motherhood is certainly known for being stressful, but the worries of lower-income moms-to-be might contribute to poor birth outcomes. Researchers from The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center assessed financial strain, depressive symptoms, anxiety and pregnancy-specific stress

Today, there are an estimated 1,400 more children in foster care in Ohio than in 2011. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – During this National Foster Care Month, there's an urgent call for Ohioans to open their homes to care for children in need. Children service agencies are reporting record numbers of children coming into care, partly due to the opioid epidemic. Robin Reese, executive direc

Enrollment since Ohio expanded its Medicaid program is nearly 2.5 times larger than the initial estimates from 2013. (Adam Avitable/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the Medicaid program faces possible changes at both the state and federal level, a new report finds the changes would be especially difficult for Ohio's rural counties. This week, Republicans in Congress are expected to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act that inc

Ohio's Winter Crisis Program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. (Suzie Tremmel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's Winter Crisis Program just wrapped up what may be its final season. The program provides utility bill assistance to low-income and older Ohioans facing a disconnect notice. It's part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – one of the many programs o

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