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Frequently Asked Questions on State Adoption of the Health Insurer Fee

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 02/04/2020 - 11:19am

States have a new opportunity to raise revenue from health insurance companies just by continuing a fee that already exists.

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Final Opportunity Zone Rules Could Raise Tax Break’s Cost

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 02/03/2020 - 2:00pm

In finalizing its regulations on the 2017 tax law’s “opportunity zones,” the Treasury Department took some questionable business giveaways that were included in its proposed regulations and actually expanded them.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 4:07pm

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

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Report: Rental Housing Affordability Crisis Worst for Lowest-Income Families

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:04am

Despite a strong economy, the number of renter households paying too much for housing — more than 30 percent of their income, the federal government’s threshold for unaffordability — rose to nearly 11 million in 2018, a new study from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies finds.

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Boosting EITC Awareness

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 5:13pm

Today is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, a time to bring attention to the EITC and other refundable tax credits to encourage more eligible taxpayers to claim them. Some 25 million working households claimed nearly $63 billion in federal EITCs last year.

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Proposed Medicaid Financing Rule Could Jeopardize Care for Millions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 11:41am

Public comments are due Saturday on a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would affect how states fund Medicaid. Were CMS to finalize the rule, it could prompt states to cut benefits and eligibility as well as provider payments, jeopardizing access to care for millions of Medicaid beneficiaries, as CBPP’s comments explain.

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Medicaid “Block Grant” Guidance Will Likely Encourage States to Undermine Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 01/29/2020 - 1:27pm

Tomorrow’s expected Medicaid guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will reportedly encourage states to seek federal waivers capping their federal funding for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion and weakening federal protections for the low-income adults it covers.

Here are four points to keep in mind in evaluating the guidance, along with links to relevant CBPP reports.

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Wisconsin Imposing Nation’s Harshest Medicaid Premiums on People in Poverty

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 4:08pm

In a move that will likely have deeply harmful effects, Wisconsin next week will become the first state to implement a policy to take Medicaid away from people in poverty who don’t pay premiums — and the latest to impose harmful barriers on health coverage for those in or near poverty.

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Some States Taxing Wealth Better, But More Progress Needed

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:17am

Amid lots of recent talk about the federal government’s need to tax large concentrations of wealth more heavily, state policymakers also should tax wealth better as state budget season begins.

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Commentary: We Need Rental Assistance and Services, Not Punitive Policies, to End Homelessness

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 1:57pm

The Trump Administration seemingly intends to abandon strategies for housing services and rental assistance that have been proven to help reduce homelessness.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/24/2020 - 1:06pm

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

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Georgia’s 1332 Waiver Proposal Puts Coverage at Risk for Tens of Thousands

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 1:04pm

Georgia has proposed sweeping changes to its private health insurance market that would endanger coverage for about 400,000 Georgians who purchase comprehensive health insurance through the state’s individual market.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 1:04pm

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

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Lawsuits Seek to Block Trump Rule Ending Food Assistance for Nearly 700,000

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:00am

Fifteen states plus New York City have filed a lawsuit to block a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the Administration’s own estimate.

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This MLK Day, Let’s Remember the Links Between Racial Justice and State Tax Policy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:18am

While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his inspirational leadership in bringing down legal barriers to civil rights for Black Americans and other people of color, he also emphasized the need to reduce poverty and expand opportunity to achieve true racial justice. This MLK Day, we would do well to remember that state tax codes are a critical lever for policymakers not only to reduce poverty and expand opportunity, but to advance racial justice.

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Providers, Patients, Advocates Oppose Tennessee’s Medicaid Block Grant

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 5:15pm

Tennessee’s proposal to radically change TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, including by converting its federal financing to an unprecedented block grant, would jeopardize access to care for the 1.4 million T

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How to Improve SNAP Participants’ Child Support Participation Without Compromising Access to Food

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 4:07pm

"Some policymakers have proposed taking away benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from families that they think should be participating in the Child Support program."Some policymakers have proposed taking away benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) from families that they think should be participating in the Child Support program.

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Medicaid Can Partner With Housing Providers and Others to Address Enrollees’ Social Needs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 4:40pm

Medicaid can’t fill the gaps left by underfunded housing, nutrition, and other social services. But it can help address social needs in innovative ways.

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