The Online Resource for Massachusetts Poverty Law Advocates

Benefits

Don’t Delay or Repeal Health-Related Taxes

As part of year-end tax and spending legislation, Congress may consider delaying or repealing several tax provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA): 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 limitation on using tax-advantaged health accounts to buy over-the-counter medicines. These taxes raise needed revenue and represent sound public policy, and further delaying or repealing them would be unwise.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States Can Boost WIC, Improve Outcomes for Low-Income Women, Young Children

State policymakers can do more to ensure that low-income women and young children participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Just over half of those eligible currently participate, despite WIC’s well-documented role in improving birth, diet, health, and developmental outcomes. By streamlining enrollment and improving services, states can make it easier for families to enroll and stay enrolled as their children grow.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 5:00pm

These past two weeks at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, poverty and inequality, housing, health, Social Security, federal tax, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Rental Assistance Cuts Homelessness and Poverty, But Doesn’t Reach Most Who Need It

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 4:25pm

Federal rental assistance programs such as Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing provide major benefits to low-income families, our new analysis explains, but more than 3 in 4 families that ne

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

SSA Should Resume Mailing Statements to Almost All Workers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 4:20pm

A bipartisan bill from Reps. John Larson and Vern Buchanan and Senators Ron Wyden and Bill Cassidy would clarify that the Social Security Administration (SSA) must mail statements to almost all workers.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

House Medicare Bills Would Better Protect Low-Income Beneficiaries

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 3:25pm

The House will soon consider legislation to use prescription drug savings to reduce health costs for low-income Medicare beneficiaries and improve Medicare benefits overall. As this legislation moves forward, it’s important that Congress retain these low-income protections.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Research Shows Rental Assistance Reduces Hardship and Provides Platform to Expand Opportunity for Low-Income Families

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:00am

Federal rental assistance can substantially improve adults’ health and children’s chances for long-term success, but millions that need it don’t receive it due to funding limitations.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

New SNAP Rule Would Cost Many of Nation’s Poorest Their Food Aid

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:59am

Today, the Trump Administration issued a draconian rule in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) that will cut off basic food assistance for nearly 700,000 of the nation’s poorest and most destitute people.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Expanding Refundable Tax Credits Would Help Many American Indian and Alaska Native Households, Reduce Poverty

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/02/2019 - 9:50am

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, as several proposals before Congress would do, could benefit hundreds of thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families nationwide, our new analysis shows.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It…

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 4:03pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Policymakers Should Ensure Pass-Throughs Pay More of Taxes They Owe

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 12:18pm

High-income taxpayers drive much of the “tax gap” — the gap between what taxpayers owe and what they voluntarily pay on time — finds a new paper from Professor Natasha Sarin and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, citing new IRS data for 2011 to 2013.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Proposal to Lower Poverty Line Draws Broad Opposition

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 11:24am

Now that the Trump Administration has made public the more than 50,000 comments on its proposal to lower the federal poverty line, the breadth of public opposition is now clear.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Deficits and Debt in Contemporary U.S. Fiscal Policy: Updating Our Priors

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 6:35pm

In recent years, U.S. fiscal policy has been historically unusual. Instead of the fiscal consolidation we might expect in the midst of a historically long expansion with the economy closing in on full capacity, our fiscal accounts have grown more unbalanced. I’ve sometimes referred to this phenomenon as “upside-down Keynesianism:” applying fiscal stimulus in a pro-cyclical manner, i.e., to an improving economy, versus the much more traditional counter-cyclical approach.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Bills Aim to Curb Opportunity Zone Abuses

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 2:20pm

Companion bills from Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and House Majority Whip James Clyburn would impose significant, and welcome, new guardrails on investments in “opportunity zones,” or low-income areas designated for special tax breaks.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Portman Proposal for Automatic Continuing Resolution Not a Good Solution for Government Shutdowns

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:50pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Medicaid Improper Payment Rates Don’t Measure Ineligible Enrollees, Fraud, or Abuse

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:32am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon release the 2019 Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rate, which measures “improper” payments in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 4:35pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Georgia Waivers: At Least as Costly to Cover Far Fewer People Than Medicaid Expansion

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 1:37pm

Under two recent state proposals to waive federal Medicaid and Affordable Care Act rules, Georgia would spend at least as much to extend coverage to about 400,000 fewer people than if it adopted the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. And one waiver would likely cut, rather than increase, coverage.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Why the Federal Government Should Support Puerto Rico’s New EITC

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 4:56pm

Puerto Rico needs a comprehensive economic package that centers around powerful tools such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Ensuring That Massachusetts Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 4:30pm

As Massachusetts lawmakers seek to raise revenue to make needed investments in roads, bridges, and public transit, they should abandon plans that rely solely on regressive gas tax and user fee increases in favor of those that also ensure that corporations pay their share to fund these public resources — which, after all, enable corporations to get their products to market and their employees to work.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Pages

Subscribe to Mass Legal Services aggregator - Benefits

Limit Offer