The Health, Earnings Capacity, and Poverty of Single-mother Families
Approximately 1.4 million single mothers have substantial health problems. Even if they were to work full time, they would be unlikely to earn enough to adequately provide for themselves and their children. Many of these women are not likely to find employment that offers health insurance coverage for themselves or their children. Employment is thus not an option that would provide sufficient resources — in terms of income or insurance — for them to live at or above the poverty line. Those single mothers who have a disabled child are at additional disadvantage. These children may require increased time from an adult and are likely to have considerable medical care needs and expenditures. For these families, employment of the mother may not provide adequate resources in terms of either time available to meet the disabled child’s special needs, income, or adequate health insurance.
KeywordsChild Care Poor Health Poverty Line Labor Force Participation Percent Level
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