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TWEET: Census Reports on Insurance Coverage and Poverty Drive Social Media Discussion

TWEET: Census Reports on Insurance Coverage and Poverty Drive Social Media Discussion

Welcome to This Week in Equity Engagement on Twitter (TWEET) for the week of September 14, 2015. This week was highlighted by the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of national and state-level poverty and insurance coverage data. As such, this edition of TWEET features many analyses of this data:

More Americans have health insurance now than any year on record. Check out this great analysis of the Census data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Here’s another way of looking at how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reduced uninsurance rates across the country.

States that expanded Medicaid via the ACA had much more success in reducing uninsurance rates than states that opted not to expand the program.

Medicaid has helped reduce uninsurance rates for parents across the country.

Safety net programs have proven successful in reducing poverty rates, according to CLASP.

The California Budget & Policy Center is hosting a Twitter chat on Monday about reducing poverty in California. You can follow along at 2 pm with the hashtag #CutPovertyCA.

Switching gears a bit, this month is Attendance Awareness Month, which gives us a chance to stress the importance of education, which is a key determinant of health.

Young Invincibles has a new app to help you navigate the health care system.

And finally, the great Ta-Nehisi Coates has a thorough piece on mass incarceration in the U.S. and how it impacts communities of color.

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