According to WSJ Daily: The U.S. population has grown by 8% over the past decade, reaching 332.6 million people, which is considered very high inside the developed world. In the summer, friends everywhere in the United States can see many Mexican families barbecuing on the grass, followed by a class of children, the poorer the more dare to raise a large string of children, why?
This is related to the U.S. government continues to encourage American families to have more children.
How to encourage? Simply put, with money. In the United States or a lot of people like children, but the biggest consideration for the people to have children is the fear of not being able to afford to raise, raise bad.
The U.S. government has continued to adjust its welfare policies over the years to relieve low-income families of their concerns about having children.
What is meant by low-income families? It varies slightly from state to state, but not by much.
According to the U.S. government’s official website O link: If the annual income of a family of four is less than $33465, the standard for a family of three is $27724, and the income threshold for one person is $16243, you are a low-income family, which varies slightly from state to state, but the difference is not significant.
Low-income families have a baby how a subsidy law? Not to expand, very complicated; to say a general.
1, the birth of a child can be a tax rebate: the poorer the person, the greater the amount of tax credit, the birth of a child family can get a tax rebate of even three to four thousand dollars a year.
2, maternal and child nutrition program: also called WIC, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture maternal and child nutrition check coupons, you can go to the supermarket to get free milk powder, juice and other nutritional products, two children, many families of milk, eggs, peanut butter and what not, can not finish eating and throwing away.
WIC subsidies do not look at immigration status, as long as the poor, illegal immigrants can also apply.
3, maternity medical benefits: Since 2014, the government has mandated that all health insurance must include pregnancy and childbirth components, and insurance companies are strictly prohibited from treating pregnancy as a so-called pre-existing condition (pre-existing condition), so even if you know you are pregnant and then go to buy insurance, it may still be too late.
4, free nutritious lunch: eligible low-income families, children can eat breakfast and lunch at school for free, without paying a penny. Or pay only one dollar a day, from kindergarten to high school graduation, the school is covered.
- Free government Medicaid program: As long as the children are under 19 years old who are U.S. citizens and green card holders, the government provides all health insurance, even including dental insurance. At the same time, when the government issues food stamps (FoodStamps), children and adults count as one, as long as they are poor families, but food rolls can only be purchased in supermarkets for a variety of food.
- Education is almost free, including tuition for college. There are only two conditions: 1. must be a U.S. citizen or green card, and 2. must come from a poor, low-income family.
U.S. primary and secondary schools to implement 12 years of free and compulsory education, to public schools, the poor rich children do not cost money. As mentioned earlier poor children can also enjoy free breakfast and lunch.
U.S. universities charge fees, but each university will decide whether to give financial aid according to the student’s family income and assets, how much to give financial aid, if the family below the poverty line, basically no money, the government funding program called Pell Grant (Pell Grant), it is free, do not need to pay back, a year can get up to $6775 (2019-2020 year).
Some people may ask, “What about private schools? Most private schools are very wealthy and cost nothing for children from low-income poor families, not only for tuition but also for room and board.
And their low-income cutoffs are much higher than the government’s poverty line. For example, for students enrolled in 2014-2015, Harvard and Yale announced that as long as your family’s annual income is less than $65,000, the school offers full scholarships, Columbia University’s standard is an annual income of less than $60,000, students do not pay a penny, of course, you have to pass the ah
So in the United States, two kinds of people are the happiest, the top rich, I do not need to say more, the other is the poor, the government all kinds of welfare all covered, the most difficult is the middle class, welfare almost no.