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Poverty & Economic Mobility

ASPE releases the annual U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines, which are used to determine financial eligibility for some Federal programs. Presented here are the poverty lines for every State and the District of Columbia. You will also find extensive resources on poverty estimates, trends, and analysis, plus historical information on poverty and the Guidelines. More broadly, this section also encompasses issues like poverty and income dynamics, and asset building and financial literacy.


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The Effects of Child Care Subsidies on Maternal Labor Force Participation in the United States

December 20, 2016
Research generally has demonstrated the employment benefits of providing child care.  However, much of the existing research on child care policies on parental labor force participation was conducted prior to the early 2000s or in non-U.S.
Report to Congress

Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors, Fifteenth Report to Congress

August 21, 2016
This report provides welfare indicators through 2013 for most indicators and through 2014 for some indicators, reflecting changes that have taken place since enactment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) in 1996.  The report analyzes the proportion of individuals who receive more than half of their total family income in one year from the Temporary As

Later-Life Household Wealth Before and After Disability Onset

July 31, 2016
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Older Adults' Living Expenses and the Adequacy of Income Allowances for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

July 31, 2016
This brief assesses the adequacy of the income allowances granted to older Medicaid HCBS enrollees and their spouses.

TRIM: A Tool for Social Policy Analysis

July 13, 2016
Since the early 1970s, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has used the Transfer Income Model (TRIM) to assess how social welfare programs affect family incomes and poverty. TRIM began as a tool to analyze proposed reforms to the nation’s cash welfare program during the Nixon administration.

REPLICATION: Reducing the Risk, San Diego Youth Services and its Partners

December 21, 2015
San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) is one of nine organizations selected to participate in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Replication Study. The study is a rigorous five-year evaluation of replications of evidence-based interventions aimed at preventing teen pregnancy, sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), and other sexual risk behaviors.
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Environmental Scan of Programs and Policies Addressing Health Disparities Among Rural Children in Poverty

December 6, 2015
About 12.9 million children live in rural communities, where they are more likely than their nonrural peers to experience health problems associated with their environment, their socioeconomic status, their own and their families’ health behaviors, and their access to quality clinical care.

Potential Fiscal Consequences of Not Providing CSR Reimbursements

November 30, 2015
This note considers the potential long-term fiscal consequences of a counterfactual scenario in which the federal government did not reimburse insurers for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurers are required to provide CSRs to low- and moderate-income enrollees. The federal government is then required to reimburse insurers for the cost of these subsidies.