Tag: Federal Government

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

White House Announces Food Stamp Benefits Will Increase By More Than 25% Starting in October 2021

In one of the largest increases ever recorded in U.S. history, the Biden Administration has announced that starting in October 2021, food stamp benefits for lower-income families will grow by a life-changing 25%. Ashraf Khalil and Josh Boak of the Associated Press have reported that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…

New Study Connects PTSD in Black Women to Preterm Birth, Recommends Action in Policy Equity

Repeated exposure to trauma and multiple stressors may be behind Black women giving birth early more than white women. A new study published by the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice connects racial discrimination and post-traumatic stress disorder to preterm births. PTSD affects African-Americans more than any other group, and…

Government Requires Insurance Programs to Cover Autism Treatment

The U.S. government has made what is being called a significant step for the autism community. This week the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) stated that beginning in 2017, all health plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children who are on…

Baltimore Calls On Feds To Help End Violence Streak

In light of the record-breaking violence Baltimore has seen over the past several months, the city has enlisted the help of the federal government to assist the police in restoring order. For two months, the city will receive help from 10 additional agents, hailing from the Federal Bureau of Investigation;…

$3.4B Class-Action Lawsuit Ends: 350,000 American Indians to Receive Payout

One of the United States’ largest class-action lawsuits came to a close yesterday as American Indians and the federal government finalized a $3.4-billion settlement that would end a 17-year battle over squandered land trust royalties. Approximately 350,000 American Indian beneficiaries will receive a total of $1.5 billion, either $1,000 or…