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Michigan Radio: Poverty rates are high in Michigan’s rural counties

When we think about poverty, we tend to picture cities.

But a recent series in Bridge Magazine brought attention to poverty in rural communities in Michigan. The poverty rate in rural areas is higher than the rate in urban areas. Aug. 18, 2014 — Michigan Radio

Bridge: Along Michigan’s back roads, thousands of homeless children

Brenda Greenhoe finds kids living in tents. She’s found them sleeping in ball field dugouts. Last summer, she found a young couple living in an abandoned garage. Aug. 12, 2014 — Bridge

Public News Service: MLPP “Read or Flunk” Won’t Solve MI Education Crisis

Too many Michigan fourth-graders aren’t making the grade when it comes to reading, but should struggling students be required by law to repeat third grade? July 30, 2014 — Public News Service

Holland Sentinel: Our View: Kids Count offers sobering statistics on child well-being in Michigan

For 25 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been compiling valuable information on the well-being of children, both nationally and in individual states. While the foundation’s annual Kids Count reports have found some areas of progress, the overall trend of child welfare in Michigan is discouraging. The rate of child poverty in our state has soared in the last quarter century, while we continue to lag educationally. It’s a sobering picture. July 27, 2014 — Holland Sentinel

MLive: Health insurance subsidies – no impact yet from appeals court rulings

Health navigators for the Affordable Care Act expect to field calls from residents worried about their subsidies for health insurance after a pair of court rulings was released Tuesday, June 22.

Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings about whether the subsidies could be applied in Michigan and other states that use the federal insurance exchange. July 22, 2014 — MLive

The Detroit News: Health law rulings may affect Mich. subsidies

Washington— Federal health insurance subsidies could be in doubt for millions of Americans — including hundreds of thousands in Michigan — after two federal courts of appeal issued conflicting rulings Tuesday.

In the first case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with a group of small business owners who argued the law allows subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states. Michigan is among 36 states that did not set up their own exchanges, relying on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace instead. July 22, 2014 — The Detroit News

WZZM on KIDS COUNT findings

WZZM’s Angela Cunningham looks at the Michigan findings in the National KIDS COUNT Data Book


WLNS interviews League on the KIDS COUNT release.

WLNS TV 6 Lansing – Jackson | Your Local News Leader

Fox 17: Kids Count Report: Michigan ranks 32nd in overall child well-being

While Michigan is showing some improvement when it comes to the health and well-being of children, it still lags behind the majority of the rest of the states. That’s according to the 25th annual KIDS COUNT Report, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

In the rankings for overall well-being of children, Michigan ranks 32 in the 2014 report. That is down a position from last year. July 22, 2014 — Fox 17

MLive: Kids Count rankings for child well-being: Michigan remains mired in bottom half of country

Michigan is improving slightly for major factors in child well-being, but still lags far behind the majority of states, according to the 25th annual “Kids Count” report.

The report, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, revealed that while preschool attendance rates and teen birth rates improved from last year’s report, the state remains mired behind its neighbors. July 22, 2014 — MLive

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