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The number of applicants for Supplemental Security Income, a federal program for people in dire financial situations, has plummeted.
Some Washington lawmakers are pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour to put more money in workers’ pockets.
Jodee Pineau-Chaisson is a so-called long-hauler. These are people who survive COVID-19 but have symptoms — sometimes debilitating symptoms — many months later. As scientists scramble to explain what is going on and figure out how to help, disability advocates are also scrambling: They are trying to figure out whether long-haulers will qualify for disability benefits.
Early studies have shown that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a higher likelihood of dying from the virus than those without disabilities, likely because of a higher prevalence of preexisting conditions.
The $1.9 trillion proposal, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, includes provisions to plus-up unemployment assistance to individuals who lost their jobs because of the pandemic, new payouts up to $1,400 to American families to offset financial hardships, and an increase in child care and child tax credits.
Legal briefs argue it's still bias even if age isn't only factor behind firing.
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