Student loan forgiveness for disabled borrowers comes with a catch

Borrowers who become disabled can have their loans discharged, but they must pay income taxes associated with the amount forgiven.

Trump’s budget deals a double whammy to people struggling to gain a foothold in today’s economy

The White House is emphasizing jobs this week, but the president's budget proposal contains major cuts to employment and job training programs.

What welfare reform can teach us about proposed budget cuts to the safety net

The twenty years following welfare reform offer lessons about what can happen to the social safety net under similar circumstances.

For socially isolated seniors, Meals on Wheels delivers more than food

Meals on Wheels, which faces deep funding cuts, supports the physical and mental health of 2.4 million seniors across America.

“Invisibility is an unnatural disaster”: Why funding the 2020 Census matters for Pacific Islanders

The catchall category “AAPI” is popular among researchers and race equity advocates, but can conflate the identities and issues of two distinct groups.

Has the black-white disparity in death rates for older adults really disappeared?

A new CDC report suggests that the black-white disparity in death rates has vanished. But the real story on mortality trends is more nuanced.

“Model minority” myth hides the economic realities of many Asian Americans

The variation within the Asian population is often overlooked because disaggregated data is difficult to come by.

Do state spending differences create an unequal playing field for children?

Wide disparities in public investment raise concerns about whether children nationwide are on equal footing when pursuing the American Dream.

In DC, new child care regulations are a promising start

New child care regulations put DC at the leading edge of a field typically marked by low wages and inconsistent quality.

Past-due medical debt a problem, especially for black Americans

Nearly one in three nonelderly black Americans have past-due medical bills—a concerning number given the consequences for physical and financial health.