Wonky Word: Essential Health Benefits 

During recent weeks, you have probably heard the term Essential Health Benefits repeatedly as Congress continue efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Right now, the Senate GOP leadership is cooking up their version of a health care bill behind closed doors and could take a vote before the July 4th recess.

The House-passed GOP plan eliminates Medicaid expansion and dramatically cuts Medicaid funding.

Wonky Word: Healthy Montana Kids & CHIP

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and today is National School Nurse Day. So we thought today would be a great day to recap CHIP and the Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) for our wonky words this week.

In 1997, the federal government established the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program was designed to cover uninsured children in families with incomes that are modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid.

Wonky Word Wednesdays: Two-Generation (2Gen)

For today’s Wonky Word Wednesday, we’ll examine an approach aimed to support families experiencing poverty, called a two-generation method. And tomorrow, we’ll then talk about some of these approaches and how policymakers can support them.

Too often, policies aimed to reduce poverty focus on either children or their parents, not the whole family.

Wonky Word Wednesdays: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

It’s that time again, another Wonky Word Wednesday. With many Montanans receiving their W2s and free tax prep sites opening their doors this week across the state, tax season is officially off and running.

Let’s delve into a service that makes it easier for you to get more of what you earn back and invest in your community.

Wonky Word Wednesdays: The Census Bureau

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau will release statistics highlighting poverty, income, and health insurance coverage from 2014. But before we dive into the specifics of what this data means for Montana’s economy and working families, let’s take a moment to learn about the U.S. Census Bureau and what it does. So here is today’s wonky word – Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau was created in 1903 and is constitutionally mandated to count the entire U.S population every ten years.

Wonky Word Wednesdays: Social Security

Friday marks the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act in to law and to celebrate, we’re dedicating today’s wonky word to Social Security. (Friday we will learn why it is one of the most effective government programs to date.)

In 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act as a part of his New Deal plan to lift America out of the Great Depression. Social Security is a federal program that provides benefits and insurance to older and disabled Americans.