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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 3:14pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

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House Shouldn’t Delay or Repeal Health-Related Taxes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 2:44pm

The House may vote on a year-end tax bill that, among other provisions, would delay or repeal four health-related taxes: the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the fee on health insurance providers (the “health insurance tax”), the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans (the “Cadillac tax”), and the 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services.

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Greenstein: Bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill Protects SNAP

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:32pm

The nutrition provisions of the farm bill that the Conference Committee released last night ensure that millions of struggling families and individuals will continue to be able to count on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to help put food on the table.

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State Taxes on Capital Gains

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:48am

One way states can build more broadly shared prosperity is by strengthening their taxes on capital gains — the profits an investor realizes when selling an asset that has grown in value, such as shares of stock, mutual funds, real estate, or artwork.

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State Taxes on Inherited Wealth

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:47am

A historically large share of the nation’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few. As a result, millions of American families have less wealth, and therefore fewer opportunities, than they otherwise would.

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By Expanding Wealth Taxes, States Can Expand Opportunity

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:47am

The nation’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few (see graphic), and state tax systems have contributed to that concentration as wealthy individuals and corporations used their power to shape state tax policies to benefit themselves. But better state tax policies could help build a more broadly shared prosperity.

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Montana Program Supports Work Without Causing Harm

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:20am

As the Trump Administration continues to encourage states to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, a new report describes Montana’s promising alternative: a

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Puerto Rico on Verge of Implementing an EITC

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 4:56pm

With Puerto Rico’s governor signing a major tax package into law today, the Commonwealth is slated to implement a local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 2019.

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By December 15: Shop for Coverage, Update Your Information on HealthCare.gov

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 3:52pm

This Saturday, December 15, is the last day to buy a health plan for 2019 through HealthCare.gov, and everyone who either has coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace or who’s uninsured should go to the marketplace before the deadline.

Why should current enrollees return to the marketplace?

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Without More Federal Funding, 1.4 Million Puerto Rico Residents Face Food Aid Cuts

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:11am

Some 1.4 million Puerto Rico residents will face deep cuts in food assistance or lose it entirely in March unless President Trump and Congress provide more funding for the Commonwealth’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) — which is Puerto Rico’s version of SNAP (food stamps). Policymakers can avert this “March cliff” by providing the needed funding in the disaster legislation it may consider this month in response to Hurricane Michael.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 5:05pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 4:34pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

House GOP Tax Fix for Restaurant, Retail Owners Leaves Out Millions of Their Workers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 4:08pm

The House Republican tax package making “technical corrections” to the 2017 tax law repeats one of the law’s fundamental flaws: cutting taxes for wealthy shareholders and other business owners while largely ignoring low-wage workers, whose wages have

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Many Marketplace Consumers Eligible for Zero-Premium Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:09pm

More than ever, low- and moderate-income consumers can find good deals for health coverage — and may have their premiums covered entirely by tax credits — if they sign up before open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces ends on December 15. Marketplace premiums fell slightly overall for 2019, and many people can find affordable options with various levels of cost-sharing (such as deductibles and co-pays).

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Interactive: Workers From a Wide Array of Occupations Use SNAP

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 5:18pm
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Vast Majority of Those Losing Coverage From Medicaid Waivers Will Be Uninsured

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 4:40pm

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma says the large Medicaid coverage losses under Arkansas’ waiver may not be translating into higher uninsured rates.

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Protections for Married Couples Receiving Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services End on December 31 Without Congressional Action

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:15pm

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) could lose their Medicaid eligibility and have to go into nursing homes to get needed care if Congress adjourns without extending “spousal impoverishment” protections that are set to expire on December 31.

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Despite Mounting Evidence of Harm, New Hampshire Poised to Impose Harsh Medicaid Work Rules

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 5:29pm

With federal approval now in hand, New Hampshire appears poised to move forward with a new policy to take away Medicaid coverage from people not working or engaged in qualifying work activities for 100 hours per month — despite mounting evidence that it will lead thousands of residents to lose coverage, including working people and people with serious health needs.

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Commentary: House PAYGO Rule Could Help Advance Progressive Goals

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 4:29pm

A Pay-As-You-Go rule in the House isn’t a misguided mechanism that would handcuff progressives. It’s sound policy that would likely prove important to many of the advances that progressives seek.

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