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Permanently End the SNAP Cut-Off to Support a More Equitable Recovery

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 9:02am
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits broadly to low-income households that meet the program’s eligibility requirements, but its coverage of non-elderly adults not living with children at home is heavily restricted. With some exceptions, SNAP rules limit benefits for adults ages 18-49 who don’t live with minor children and aren’t disabled to just three months in any 36-month period when they are not employed or participating in a work or training program for at least 20 hours a week. Essentially, this is a time limit — which disproportionately affects people of
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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 3:22pm
This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, housing, health, food assistance, state budgets and taxes, and the economy. On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr argued that the expanded Child Tax Credit must be permanent and monthly. Javier Balmaceda noted that the American Rescue Plan Act provides critical, permanent tax relief to Puerto Rico. Marr, Sam Washington, Samantha Jacoby, and David Reich described how rebuilding the IRS would reduce the tax gap and help replenish the nation’s depleted revenue base. On housing, Will Fischer, Sonya Acosta, and Erik Gartland
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American Rescue Plan Act Provides Critical, Permanent Tax Relief to Puerto Rico

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 12:54pm
The Act extends the Child Tax Credit to families of all sizes in Puerto Rico and provides funding to substantially expand Puerto Rico’s local Earned Income Tax Credit.
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States Can Reduce Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatment, Especially for Immigrants

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 4:16pm
Reports of people being denied coronavirus vaccines due to immigration status — when everyone is eligible for them, for free, as the Biden Administration has stressed — underscore the need for continued state outreach to providers and potential recipients to minimize barriers to getting vaccinated and help bring the pandemic to an end. Efforts underway in some states and localities provide a model for others. States can also tap available federal resources, including the American Rescue Plan’s, to ensure that vaccines are provided regardless of a person’s immigration or insurance status and to
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More Housing Vouchers Most Important Step to Help More People Afford Stable Homes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 1:04pm
Vouchers help more than 2 million low-income households afford decent, stable housing, usually by helping them rent a modest unit of their choice in the private market.
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The Expanded Child Tax Credit Must Be Permanent and Monthly

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:04pm
“Shell Reed’s 1-year-old needed diapers.” The first sentence of a recent Washington Post story highlights why the American Rescue Plan both expanded the Child Tax Credit to help families make ends meet and authorized that the benefit be paid monthly. The Child Tax Credit expansion in the Rescue Plan is temporary and policymakers should make both the expansion and the monthly delivery mechanism permanent this year in recovery legislation. Struggling families need to buy diapers, food, and school clothes for their kids and to pay rent throughout the year. A Child Tax Credit that the government
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Setting the Record Straight About Medicaid Expansion’s Impact on Missouri’s Budget

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 3:29pm
Some Missouri lawmakers, citing unfounded concerns about cost, are trying to derail the July 1 implementation of a constitutional amendment passed by voters last summer that will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide coverage to approximately 275,000 Missourians. Estimates have consistently shown expansion will produce net savings in Missouri’s budget, and the savings will be even higher under the American Rescue Plan’s significant new financial incentive for states that newly expand Medicaid. Some critics of expansion in the state are arguing that voters didn’t
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An Equitable Recovery Needs Investments in Connecting People Leaving Jail or Prison to Health Care

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 2:09pm
The recovery legislation that policymakers will soon consider provides a historic opportunity to build on the Affordable Care Act and create an equitable recovery where everyone has access to quality health care, no matter their history of incarceration. Investments in broadening access to quality health care for people leaving jail and prison — in addition to funding for subsidized employment and housing vouchers — can help avoid reincarceration and promote equity. The health needs of low-income people leaving jail and prison have long gone unmet, contributing to high death rates following
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More Housing Vouchers: Most Important Step to Help More People Afford Stable Homes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 10:00am
One of policymakers’ top priorities in recovery legislation should be to provide housing vouchers to a larger share of families in need.
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Rebuilding IRS Would Reduce Tax Gap, Help Replenish Depleted Revenue Base

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 1:09pm
A decade of budget cuts has severely undermined the agency’s ability to perform its fundamental jobs of enforcing the nation’s tax laws.
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States Can Create Antiracist and Equitable Tax Codes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 11:20am
As state lawmakers continue to focus on recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, they should also commit to ensuring a more racially just future by making changes to their tax codes to address racial discrimination and income disparities. Most states worsen income inequality across racial groups by taxing Native American, Black, and Latinx families at higher rates than white families on average, according to a new report on taxes and racial equity from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). Many local, state, and federal policy choices also contribute to racial and
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El Plan de Rescate le ayudará a Puerto Rico a recuperarse del COVID-19, pero a futuro hará falta asistencia alimentaria más sólida

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:00am
Read in English La Ley del Plan de Rescate Estadounidense (en inglés The American Rescue Plan Act) incluye mil millones de financiación en asistencia nutricional para Puerto Rico y otros territorios que reciben subvenciones en bloque (en inglés block grants) de asistencia nutricional en lugar de participar en el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP, por sus siglas en inglés y anteriormente conocido como “Programa para Cupones de Alimentos”). Tal financiación, junto a otras ayudas de nutrición implementadas el año pasado, le ayudarán a Puerto Rico a cubrir las necesidades
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Rescue Plan Will Help Puerto Rico’s COVID-19 Recovery, But Stronger Food Assistance Needed in Future

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:00am
Leer en español The American Rescue Plan Act includes $1 billion in funding for nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico and other territories that receive block grants for nutrition assistance instead of SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). This funding, along with other temporary nutrition assistance enacted in the last year, will help Puerto Rico meet its residents’ food needs in the coming months as it recovers from the COVID-19 crisis. Over the longer term, policymakers should address the inequity between the nutrition assistance that Puerto Rico receives through a capped block grant and
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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 4:49pm
This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, poverty and inequality, and the economy. On health, Sarah Lueck and Tara Straw reported how policymakers can build on the Affordable Care Act to expand health coverage and improve care affordability. Lueck also outlined how upcoming economic recovery legislation can help millions of people buy health insurance. Jennifer Wagner encouraged the Biden Administration to withdraw all approvals of Medicaid work requirements. Jesse Cross-Call explained that Medicaid expansion boosts health coverage and services for
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Parrott: President Biden’s Discretionary Funding Request Addresses Crucial National Needs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 4:00pm
This budget request marks an important break from more than a decade of underinvestment across a range of areas.
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Parrott: President Biden’s Discretionary Funding Request Addresses Crucial National Needs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 4:00pm
This budget request marks an important break from more than a decade of underinvestment across a range of areas.
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Hardship Rates Dropped in March, But Many Still Borrow to Get By

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 3:57pm
Hardship rates fell sharply in late March, according to Census Bureau data released this week. But millions of people are still without their pre-pandemic income sources and are borrowing to get by. So while the latest figures are a welcome improvement, they show that many Americans will need more help to enable them to climb out of debt and to return the nation to pre-pandemic levels of hardship — let alone to reach a more equitable recovery that reduces hardship further. The share of adults whose household didn’t have enough to eat sometimes or often in the last seven days dropped to 8.8
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Puerto Rico: Nuevos recursos sobre el PAN en inglés y ahora en español.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 04/09/2021 - 10:05am
Durante los últimos meses, hemos publicado un paquete de materiales fundamentales sobre el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional (PAN) de Puerto Rico, que les ayuda a los residentes de Puerto Rico a cubrir el costo de una dieta básica. Para prestarles un mejor servicio a nuestros lectores, tanto dentro y fuera de la Isla, hemos traducido dichos materiales al español. Estos recursos incluyen: Panorama general sobre el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Introducción al Programa de Asistencia Nutricional de Puerto Rico El Programa de Asistencia Nutricional ayuda a más de la mitad de los Niños en la
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Recovery Legislation Should Build on ACA Successes to Expand Health Coverage, Improve Affordability

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 04/08/2021 - 4:41pm
To make further strides toward universal coverage an essential priority for recovery legislation, Congress should make broader, permanent improvements to marketplace coverage.
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Building an Equitable Recovery Requires Investing in Paid Leave

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:00am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal policymakers created a temporary emergency paid family and medical leave program on a strong bipartisan basis as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The recovery legislation that policymakers are expected to consider in coming months provides a historic opportunity to create a permanent, broad-based, comprehensive, and progressive program of paid family and medical leave. Though the Families First leave program limited benefits to COVID-19-related reasons and did not cover all workers, it recognized that workers need to be able to
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