“More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff”

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This February 2, 2016 article on the World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org) talks about an impending cut to food stamps that will affect millions of low-income people in the United States unless Congress does something to stop it.

 

“Local Produce for Local Food Banks”

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This July 16, 2015 segment on the WNEP-16 News Station talks about how the delay in passing a state budget is impacting a program for connecting farmers with food banks to not only make fresh produce more readily available, but to decrease waste of said produce by decreasing the amount of transporting involved in getting produce to food banks.

I do realize this isn’t exactly a mental health issue, but for the people who rely on help from food banks, having reliable access to food and not worrying as much about where their next meal is coming from can have an impact on their mental health and whether they are able to have the nutrients needed to keep going despite their financial struggles as they try to overcome their situations.

“100 things to know about Medicare and Medicaid — 2015 update”

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This July 2, 2015 article written by Emily Rappleye and found on Becker’s Hospital CFO website, offers some facts about Medicare, including but not limited to things like, who qualifies, who pays for it, a comparison in the growth of Medicare payment growth compared to that seen in private pay payment growth (bit of an eye-opener when I saw that one) and even talks about the history of the Medicare program including Presidents who start the program or who made changes to it.  There are far too many things for me to list here, but if you want some facts about Medicare and who benefits from it, I highly recommend this particular piece.  It is easy to understand and not written in an overly technical way, so I think anyone should be able to understand it easily.  It is not a complete answer to every question, and doesn’t combat every myth out there, but it does offer a lot of good starting points for understanding Medicare, and it even touches on Social Security a little also.

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“United States: Force Against Prisoners With Mental Illness”

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This May 12, 2015 article on the Human Rights Watch website talks about the abuse of power often used in handling mentally ill inmate that leads to injuries and even death because of what amounts to minor infractions of the rules or orders given to them.  One example in the article is about a woman who was not given her medication while she was incarcerated and at one point refused to change her jumpsuit and ended up being tasered multiple times within a matter of a few short minutes.

“Pa. Medicaid enrollees being transferred into new benefits program”

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This April 24, 2015 Morning Call article talks about the changes that are happening now with Medicaid in Pennsylvania as the Wolf administration makes changes to simplify the Medicaid program implemented under the Corbett Administration.

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“Pa. to eliminate asset test for food stamps”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about a change coming to the SNAP (Food stamp) program.  It has been said in this article that as of Monday the asset test is being removed from the SNAP program.

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“Are people on food stamps routinely buying lobster?: Nancy Eshelman”

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This April 10, 2015 article on The Patriot News website describes the reality of whether people on food stamps routinely buy steak or lobster.

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