POVERTY

Connecticut’s recently passed biennial budget made drastic changes to health care provisions for some state residents. One of the ways lawmakers saved money was by cutting back Medicaid eligibility. 

Officials at organizations providing food assistance to Vermonters say a sluggish state economy might be one of the reasons why demand at many local food shelves has risen in the past few months.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
File photo / State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill Tuesday that would lift a restriction on welfare benefits --the so-called "Cap on Kids."

In Massachusetts, a parent with one child on transitional aid receives $478 per month if the family has no income that is counted against the grant.

If there are two children, the grant goes up by $100 a month, but if that second child was conceived when the family was on welfare, there is no increase.