AHCA gaps + upcoming Census embargo + new poverty risk calculator

News. Trump-focused stories are huge right now: Tax reform could help low-income and Rust Belt families. Tech sector workers (facing poverty in Silicon Valley) are organizing against Trump. The biggest winners under the American Health Care Act are young, white, wealthy males. Then education: Student loan borrowers are struggling to get back on track. This is how colleges know what students can afford. Schools brace for impact if Medicaid cuts are approved. And the big story of the week: With public housing at the end of its life, residents ask, “What now?”

Poverty reporting resources. This week, I’m organizing by topic and beat:
  • Check this poverty risk calculator created by ConfrontingPoverty.org. The calculator can look at the next 5-15 years and base estimates on demographics such as age, race, gender, marital status and education level.
  • The Center on Poverty & Social Policy at Columbia University has a new website packed with poverty tracker data and other resources.
  • The Census Bureau will offer a two-day embargo next week of 2016 population estimates. Reporters must register for access to the Tuesday-Thursday embargo, and they can line up interviews as well.
Health.
  • The American Health Care Act will create significant gaps in coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, according to Kaiser’s latest health reform analysis. Read more about the numbers and costs.
  • The National Research Summit on Care, Services and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers posted six papers on the Department of Health and Human Services site about dementia, caregiving and future needs.
  • A new tipsheet by the Association of Health Care Journalists offers an overview of Parkinson’s disease. Read more about the latest research efforts and helpful sources you can contact.
  • AHCJ also released a tipsheet on covering hunger, how the meaning of hunger is changing and story ideas that may work in your area.
Jobs. 
  • More than 1 in 4 workers say technology will eliminate their job, Gallup says. About 1 in 8 believe it’ll happen in the next five years.
  •  Young workers are more likely than ever to have a bachelor’s degree, Pew reports. About 4 in 10 workers between ages 25-29 have a degree, compared to 32 percent of Gen X, 26 percent of Baby Boomers and 16 percent of the Silent generation.
Events.
  • The AHCJ Rural Health Journalism Workshop will take place on June 9 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The free workshop focuses on covering rural America and features county-level data, particularly around health factors such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality and teen births. Travel assistance is available.
  • Registration is open for the State of the Union on Poverty and Inequality on June 16 at Stanford. The free event features experts in education, health, housing, incarceration, income inequality, labor markets, mobility, poverty, safety nets and wealth inequality.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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