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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 4:27pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, and the economy.

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2019 Bill Largely Sustains 2018 HUD Funding Gains

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 3:07pm

The 2019 government funding bill that President Trump signed into law today sustains most of the substantial funding increases of 2018 for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, and it includes funding to further expand the number of new housing vouchers and other rental assistance.

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HUD Funding Bill Will Launch Housing Voucher Mobility Demonstration

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:47am

The 2019 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) includes funds for an important initiative, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) mobility demonstration.

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Options to Reduce State Medicaid Costs: Managed Care Medical Loss Ratio

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:40pm

States, which jointly fund Medicaid along with the federal government, frequently seek ways to decrease their Medicaid costs in order to expand coverage, add new benefits, or fund the ongoing operations of their programs.

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Utah Medicaid Law Will Leave Large Coverage Gaps

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 5:35pm

Utah policymakers this week enacted Senate Bill 96, repealing a voter-backed ballot initiative (Proposition 3) to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide health coverage to 150,000 Utahns.

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Proposed Restrictions Could Undermine Montana’s Successful Medicaid Expansion

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:41pm

Montana’s Medicaid expansion has been extremely successful, extending coverage and access to care to nearly 95,000 low-income adults since January 2016 and connecting many with workforce development services.[1] But Montana policymakers are reportedly considering proposals to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, charge low-income adults high premiums, and make eligibility contingent on completing extra paperwork related to their job readiness and health status.

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Roundup: Administration Efforts to Sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:29pm

Ahead of today’s House subcommittee hearing on bills to “reverse ACA sabotage and ensure pre-existing conditions protections,” here are our recent pieces on some of the major issues involved.

Expanding Skimpy Short-Term Health Plans

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CBO: Administration’s Short-Term Plans Rule Means a Return to Pre-ACA Practices

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:29am

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will consider legislation tomorrow to curb so-called “short-term” health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) consumer protections.

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 4:30pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Unproven, Costly Child Support Cooperation Requirements in SNAP Put Families at Risk

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:08pm

There’s strong overlap between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and the Child Support program, which both improve the health and well-being of millions of low-income children. The Child Support program serves the vast majority of eligible low-income families, but some children do not receive support from their non-residential parent.

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Child Support Cooperation Requirements in SNAP Are Unproven, Costly, and Put Families at Risk

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:50am

State policymakers contemplating a cooperation mandate would benefit from considering the many arguments against the policy and the significant downside risks.

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Millionaires’ Taxes a Smart Way for States to Invest in Their Future

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:27am

With the 2019 legislative season starting in most states, some states are discussing whether to raise personal income tax rates on their highest-income households (sometimes called a “millionaires’ tax”) to help fund schools, infrastructure, and other public investments. Our new report shows why that makes sense.

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More States Protecting Residents Against Skimpy Short-Term Health Plans

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 4:40pm

Since the Trump Administration issued new rules last year expanding short-term health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing conditions and benefit standards, nearly a dozen states have set their own limits and consumer protections for short-term plans. Others should follow suit.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Impact of the Administration’s Policies Affecting the Affordable Care Act

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:39pm

Testimony of Aviva Aron-Dine before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

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Raising State Income Tax Rates at the Top a Sensible Way to Fund Key Investments

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 3:46pm

Evidence indicates it can generate substantial revenue for public investments that boost a state’s productivity in the long run, without harming economic growth in the short term.

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Without Immediate Federal Action, 1.4 Million Puerto Rico Residents Face Food Aid Cuts

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:30pm

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 they may consider this month in response to Hurricane Michael.

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Bill to Replace Medicaid Expansion in Utah Would Cover Fewer People, Create New Financial Risks

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:17am

Utah voters rejected state legislators’ approach when they voted for full Medicaid expansion.

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 4:37pm

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

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Automatic Continuing Resolutions Not a Good Solution for Government Shutdowns

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:15pm

An automatic CR would cause serious problems of its own, undermining sound budgeting and diminishing Congress’ role in setting national priorities.

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SNAP Can Cover Full Benefits Through March, But Participants Face Big Gaps Between February and March Benefits

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:00pm

Under the continuing resolution (CR) that provided the funding to reopen the government for three weeks, SNAP (food stamps) now is fully funded at least through March, even if the government shuts down again on February 15. Millions of families, however, face a longer-than-usual gap between their February and March benefits because the Agriculture Department worked with states to issue February benefits early during the shutdown, and that could further strain household budgets, the emergency food network, and other community resources.

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