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PHOTO: Social workers are starting to navigate the topic of improving their clients' financial health with an online toolkit first tested in Oregon. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

EUGENE, Ore. - A new online toolkit that was tested in Oregon is showing social service case managers how to talk about and help improve their clients' personal finances. Groups and agencies that advise lower-income Oregonians about the assistance they need can now also offer options on achieving a ...Read More

PHOTO: The minimum wage in California is going up $1 starting July 1st. The increase from $8 to $9 an hour is the first increase in the state's minimum wage since 2008. Photo credit: San Jose State University.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's minimum-wage workers are getting a bump in pay. Beginning Tuesday, the state's minimum wage is increasing from $8 to $9 an hour. In 2016, the minimum wage will jump to $10 an hour under legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year. The bill's author, Assem ...Read More

PHOTO: The Oregon Health Authority says in 2013, among Oregon Health Plan enrollees, fewer used emergency rooms and more received preventive services. Photo credit: G. Chutka/iStockphoto
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SALEM, Ore. - More than 340,000 new people have joined the Oregon Health Plan since January, and a new report says it's a system that has shown major improvement in the past year. The state tracked what coordinated care organizations (CCOs) are doing for Oregon Health Plan or Medicaid patients. It ...Read More

PHOTO: "Food prescription" in hand, the Food Rx pilot project helps Oregon Health Plan enrollees improve their diets by offering a $15 voucher to purchase healthy foods. At some locations, a grocery trolley is parked right at their medical clinic. Photo courtesy CareOregon.
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PORTLAND, Ore. – It isn't every day that you find a trolley car sitting in the parking lot of a doctor's office, but that's been the case in some Portland neighborhoods in May. The trolley is decked out as a miniature grocery store. The trolley visits are happening during a CareOregon pilot p ...Read More

PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit:

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin ...Read More

PHOTO: Consumer Reports has honored the Kentucky Equal Justice Center with its Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award. Photo Courtesy of Rich Seckel.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - You may turn to Consumer Reports to do research into which washing machine or car to buy, but the product-testing organization's scope extends far beyond what you might imagine. A Lexington-based nonprofit has been given Consumer Reports' "Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award." T ...Read More

PHOTO: Community Action Kentucky is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the "War on Poverty" with a photography exhibit at the State Capitol. Photo courtesy: Community Action Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - One word and one photo for each letter of the alphabet. That's how Community Action Kentucky is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. The agency's exhibit will be on display Thursday (Feb. 20) at the State Capitol. According to Community Action's Malcolm Ratchfor ...Read More

Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon is the plaintiff in a campaign-finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON - Another major Supreme Court decision on campaign finance could come as early as next week. In McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon said his First Amendment rights are violated when he cannot give a $2,600 donation to as many parties and candid ...Read More

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