END OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS HARMS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION CHILDREN
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
- Organization: Children's Defense Fund
March 31 marked the last day of a phase-out period of extended unemployment benefits for thousands of families. The Children's Defense Fund estimates 622,000 children and one million jobless adults will face destitution and poverty. More than a million households can no longer apply for further benefits, having reached their maximum. These families will lose an average of $1,100 a month. Health insurance coverage is another loss. A Congressional Budget Office study has shown that the end of unemployment benefits raises the number of low-income families without health insurance. Deborah Cutler-Ortiz, Director of Family Income at the Children's Defense Fund, remarks, "Record numbers of Americans are losing unemployment benefits."