Family & Children

Ensuring Health Coverage for California's Immigrant Children

  • By
  • Cindy Zeldin,
  • Len Nichols,
  • Peter Harbage,
  • New America Foundation
November 10, 2005

The New America Foundation is committed to achieving universal health insurance coverage for all people in America. The most promising route to universal coverage is a system that relies on shared responsibility among individuals, employers, and the government. To that end, the New America Foundation has released a series of three papers outlining how to cover all children in California as a first step towards universal coverage. This paper is a component of that series.

For the complete document, please see the attached PDF version. 

Life After Katrina

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 12:00pm

As Congress is now preparing a second round of Katrina-related proposals, it's important to bring ideas to the table that will help families achieve economic stability. Hurricane Katrina highlighted the fact that many Americans live in abject poverty, without any assets to draw upon in bad times.

After Shock

  • By
  • Douglas McGray,
  • New America Foundation
September 26, 2005 |

Before a storm sank New Orleans and a pair of Boeing 767s gored the Twin Towers, officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) drew up a list. It escaped notice in the months of second-guessing after the September 11 attacks but took on an air of prophecy within hours of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. There were three disasters, FEMA managers concluded at an August 2001 training session, that Americans should beware above all others: a terrorist attack on New York City, a hurricane in New Orleans, and an earthquake near San Francisco.

A Post-Katrina Policy Agenda

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 12:00pm

As the Gulf States begin the massive task of reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina, the nation is actively engaged in a dialogue concerning the lessons learned from this catastrophe, and the best options moving forward. Many are asking whether the aid package and policies proposed by President Bush are the right approach to rebuilding and restoring the region. While the hurricane shines a much needed spotlight on a number of societal issues, it is crucial that programs initiated in the storm's aftermath have the desired effect -- not just regionally, but on a national scale.

Dedicated, Overworked, Underfunded

  • By
  • Mary Bissell,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Jess McDonald
September 5, 2005 |

Before it became a celebration of summer's end, Labor Day was a symbol of reform--a time, said labor activist Samuel Gompers, to discuss rights and wrongs and make the worker 'stronger for it.' In the true spirit of the holiday, Americans who care about children and families should first resolve to improve the imperiled state of the nation's child-welfare workers.

Shoring Up HUD's Self-Sufficiency Program

  • By
  • Reid Cramer,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Jeff Lubell
September 1, 2005

While consuming only a tiny fraction of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) budget, the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program is one of the nation’s largest programs designed to help working poor families increase their savings and build assets. The program has three primary components -- stable, affordable housing, asset-building escrow accounts and work-promoting case management -- that function together to help families build assets and increase their earnings.

Health Cuts Are the Real 'Death Tax'

  • By
  • Jacob Hacker,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Harold Pollack
August 21, 2005 |

Defenders of Medicaid, the health program for low-income people, are used to trench warfare. When government budgets get squeezed, Medicaid is invariably blamed. The pejoratives are familiar: "uncontrollable," "inefficient," "exorbitant."

Relative Care Creates Powerful Bonds for Children

  • By
  • Mary Bissell,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2005
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
‘Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now --
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

Running Faster to Stay in Place

  • By
  • Karen Kornbluh,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Jared Bernstein, Senior Economist, Economic Policy Institute
June 30, 2005

Trying to make sense of the steady stream of economic news can be frustrating. Is the economy getting better or worse? The news seems to change weekly and, depending on what is measured, can seem bleak or sunny. Wages are stagnant but productivity is up. The unemployment rate declines but so does labor force participation.

We can't even begin to understand how America is faring economically unless we first establish how its families are doing -- how much they're earning and how many hours they must work to earn this income.

Win-Win Flexibility -- A Policy Proposal

  • By
  • Karen Kornbluh,
  • New America Foundation
June 30, 2005

Today fully 70 percent of families with children are headed by two working parents or by an unmarried working parent. The "traditional family" of the breadwinner and homemaker has been replaced by the "juggler family," in which no one is home fulltime. Two-parent families are working 10 more hours a week than in 1979.

To be decent parents, caregivers, and members of their communities, workers now need greater flexibility than they once did. Yet good part-time or flex-time jobs remain rare....

For the complete document, please see the attached PDF version.

 

Syndicate content