by on March 30, 2018
Most adults on SNAP are workers, but they turn to the program when they’re between jobs or making too little. Jennifer Donald whose family receives money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also know as food stamps, eats dinner with her sons David and Donovan, and daughter Jayla, in Philadelphia.  Sarah Ormbrek’s life used to be a lot more uncertain. She didn’t always have a job. She didn’t always have transportation. And she didn’t always have a home for herself and her...
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by on May 5, 2018
With New York’s gubernatorial candidates pushing for legalization harder than ever before, new data suggests that residents throughout the whole state are already tired of waiting. Pretty much everyone in New York is ready for legal weed. Whether that means applying the Empire State's notorious hustle-hard mentality to the cannabis industry, or just getting stoned without the threat of arrest from NYPD, New York State residents are on board with ending marijuana prohibition once and for a...
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by on February 5, 2018
The CMS has granted Indiana's Medicaid waiver that imposes work requirements and premiums on its beneficiaries.  The waiver continues the state's Medicaid expansion, known as the Healthy Indiana 2.0 plan. Under the program, beneficiaries pay premium contributions, have health savings accounts, get incentives for healthy behaviors and can be locked out of benefits if they don't pay premiums. CMS Administrator Seema Verma had recused herself from weighing in on any decisions involving th...
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by on May 27, 2018
A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR AN ISSUE THAT EFFECTS MORE THAN YOU WOULD THINK The cocoon illuminated at night. A south Bronx community and a Manhattan artist have taken a creative, unique approach to raise awareness of gun violence and its detrimental impact. Titled ‘Tracing the Bullet: a story of community and gun violence,’ artist Kate Browne and her Bronx-based team took three weeks to assemble a temporary, ten-foot tall, walk-able wooden cocoon at the Andrew Jackson Houses basketball c...
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by on February 16, 2018
The family of a 6-year-old North Bergen, New Jersey girl who died from the flu spoke out Thursday. Nevaeh Hernandez was the second New Jersey child to die from the flu amid the epidemic this season. Nevaeh became ill over the weekend and her condition quickly deteriorated. Nevaeh had gotten a flu shot, had no underlying conditions and still succumbed to the illness, her family said. According to Louis Zayas, the attorney for the Hernandez family, on Feb. 10 Nevaeh began suffering ...
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by on March 2, 2018
The findings, while limited, point in one direction: Gun control can save lives. For decades, the federal government, with the support of the National Rifle Association, has made it very difficult to answer a question at the heart of American public health and safety: Does gun control work? The answer is hugely important given that guns killed nearly 39,000 Americans in 2016 alone. But after research on gun violence in the 1990s found that firearms do not — contrary to NRA talking poin...
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by on May 4, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for New York City to become the first city in the United States to have safe injection sites for illegal drug users as part of a pioneering yet controversial effort to combat fatal overdoses. Activist groups have been pressuring Mayor de Blasio to throw his weight behind creating safe injection sites in New York, staging multiple acts of civil disobedience in protest.Credit Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times Dozens of supervised injection site...
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by on April 6, 2018
The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and warned that the U.S. territory is not ready for another disaster. Brock Long said his agency aims to make the island’s roads, homes, bridges and electrical grid as strong as possible but noted that the next hurricane season starts June 1. “We’re running out of time,” he said during a visit to Puerto Rico, adding t...
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by on February 3, 2018
Once a participant completes their treatment program, their case is dismissed and sealed, according to the Law Journal. A new program run by the Bronx Criminal Court in New York City is hoping to prioritize recovery for people charged with low-level, non-violent offenses. The Bronx’s Overdose Avoidance and Recovery (OAR) program is just over two months old, but has so far helped 50 defendants access treatment in lieu of jail, according to the New York Law Journal. “It’s not being so...
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by on May 26, 2018
The face of the legal cannabis industry could change once again this fall. This has certainly been a year for marijuana "firsts." Since the year began, Cronos Group became the first pot stock to uplist from the over-the-counter exchanges to a more reputable exchange, the Nasdaq, and Vermont made history by becoming the first state to OK adult-use marijuana entirely through the legislative process. Looking ahead to June, Canada aims to become the first developed country in the world to lega...
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by on February 15, 2018
Planned Parenthood, other organizations and a Washington state county filed lawsuits on Thursday challenging a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to defund more than $200 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs. The sign of the Planned Parenthood centre is pictured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 11, 2017.  The four lawsuits in federal courts in Washington state, Maryland and the District of Columbia seek to have funding reinstated for programs...
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by on December 30, 2017
Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, leads a march of people protesting the Staten Island, New York, grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer involved in the July 2014 death of Eric Garner, in December 2014. Activist Erica Garner, the eldest daughter Eric Garner who died at the hands police in New York City, died Saturday after a major heart attack. Garner was 27. A representative of the family announced via Garner’s Twitter account that the heart attack over Christmas we...
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