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PHOTO: LeAnna Watson obtained health insurance coverage through kynect, the state's health insurance marketplace, and is now helping others sign up. Photo courtesy of LeAnna Watson.

HARRODSBURG, Ky. - Cancer survivor LeAnna Watson shares her own story of having lived without health insurance as she now helps others enroll in Kentucky's health benefit exchange, known as "kynect." She's what's called a "kynector," one of nearly 1,500 people statewide who are trained helpers. As W ...Read More

PHOTO: A high percentage of people age 50 or older in Oregon don't apply for SNAP or food-stamp benefits even though they are eligible. For Hunger Action Month, AARP Oregon is calling attention to the need in this age group, particularly folks ages 50-59. Photo credit: Daniel Root for Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of people in Oregon age 65 or older who qualify for the SNAP or food-stamp program don't sign up, according to a report from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. In all but five Oregon counties, the study found, fewer than half of the eligible seniors receive federal food a ...Read More

IMAGE: Several groups are asking Ohio's governor to reverse a decision to not extend a work requirement waiver for SNAP benefits to all counties. Graphic courtesy of USDA.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is being asked to reverse course on a decision that has cost thousands of Ohioans federally-funded food aid. Because of the recession, from 2007 to 2013, Ohio requested a statewide federal waiver of work requirements for childless adults without a job in need o ...Read More

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: iStockphoto.com.

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

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