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Food Assistance in President Biden’s COVID Relief Plan Would Reduce Hardship, Provide Economic Stimulus

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 12:42pm

The American Rescue Plan, the emergency relief proposal that President Biden announced in mid-January and that Congress will begin considering soon, includes key investments to mitigate high levels of hunger and hardship.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Biden Directs Federal Agencies to Reconsider Trump Policy Under Which Thousands Lost Medicaid Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 10:23am

The Biden Administration today released an executive order directing federal agencies to “reconsider rules and other policies that limit Americans’ access to health care and consider actions that will protect and strengthen that access.” The order specifically requires the Department of Health and Human Services to re-examine a Trump Administration policy encouraging states to take Medicaid

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

This Year, EITC Awareness Is Even More Essential

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/28/2021 - 10:07am

Tomorrow, January 29, is the 15th annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, a time to bring attention to the EITC’s benefits and help more eligible people claim it. That’s all the more important this year, as families struggle with the hardship caused by COVID-19 and the deep recession.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Hardship Remains High, Latest Census Data Show

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 01/27/2021 - 5:40pm

Hardship remains high across the board although some measures halted their upward trend in early January, Census data released today show. Millions of people report that their household didn’t get enough to eat, isn’t caught up on rent, or struggled to cover usual expenses. While the relief package enacted in December amidst surging hardship and a stalling recovery will provide important help to many people, another substantial stimulus and relief package is needed to address ongoing hardship and extend key provisions of the December package that will expire in coming months.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Economic Security Programs Reduce Overall Poverty, Racial and Ethnic Inequities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 01/27/2021 - 3:15pm

While government programs have done much to narrow these disparities in poverty, further progress will require stronger government efforts to reduce poverty and discrimination and build opportunity for all.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

A Frayed and Fragmented System of Supports for Low-Income Adults Without Minor Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/26/2021 - 11:18pm

The nation’s basic supports for low-income, non-elderly adults without children are weak, fragmented, and often highly restrictive, leaving many of these individuals without help they need to afford the basics.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Fischer: Reversing Harmful Trump Policies Will Advance Housing Justice

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/26/2021 - 6:08pm

We applaud President Biden’s announcement today that he will reverse harmful Trump administration housing rules that have undermined efforts to promote racial equity and reverse the nation’s legacy of housing discrimination. 

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Biden Plan’s WIC Investment Could Improve Maternal and Child Health, Reduce Racial Disparities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/26/2021 - 1:04pm

President Biden’s emergency relief plan includes a substantial investment in WIC to help it reach more eligible families, marking one of the plan’s several food assistance expansions to reduce today’s high levels of hunger and hardship.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 4:13pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Rosenbaum: Executive Action on Food Assistance Strengthens Federal Response to Hunger

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 3:11pm

The President’s executive order to address food hardship is a strong response to families’ immediate hardship during the COVID crisis and takes an important step, consistent with congressional direction from the 2018 Farm Bill, to re-evaluate the adequacy of SNAP benefits in helping low-income Americans afford an adequate diet.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

TANF Provisions of Biden-Harris Relief Plan Would Help Families With Lowest Incomes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 11:28am

President Biden’s emergency relief plan includes $1 billion to help states deliver much-needed aid to families with the lowest incomes through state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs — which would mark an important step in the federal response to today’s extraordinary hardship across America.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States, Localities, Tribal Nations, Territories Need More Federal Aid

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 11:22am

The sizeable revenue shortfalls and added costs that states, localities, tribal nations, and territories face due to COVID-19 call for added federal aid that’s temporary but significant.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Biden-Harris Child Tax Credit Expansion Would Lift 10 Million Children Above or Closer to Poverty Line

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 12:20pm

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion emergency relief plan includes a Child Tax Credit expansion that would lift 9.9 million children above or closer to the poverty line, including 2.3 million Black children, 4.1 million Latino children, and 441,000 Asian American children. It also would lift 1.1 million children out of “deep poverty,” raising their family incomes above 50 percent of the poverty line.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

President-Elect’s Plan Includes Vital EITC Increase for Adults Not Raising Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 3:53pm

The emergency relief plan that President-elect Biden announced yesterday would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for over 17 million adults not raising children at home who work hard at important, but low-paid, jobs. The EITC is a highly successful wage subsidy that’s earned bipartisan support over the years, but the current credit largely excludes adults who aren’t raising children in their homes, and it completely excludes young childless adults trying to gain a toehold in the labor market. The President-elect’s plan recognizes that now’s the time to fix this glaring flaw.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 3:48pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on the economy, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, health, family income support, food assistance, Social Security, and poverty and inequality.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Federal Interest Payments — the Cost of Debt — Are Low

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 2:36pm

Concerns about growing federal debt should not dissuade policymakers from enacting additional measures to respond to COVID-19 and the economic crisis it spurred, such as those President-elect Biden proposed yesterday. Although the debt is expected to reach new highs even without those measures, federal interest payments — which are the inescapable cost of debt — are low and projected to remain so for many years due to historically low interest rates.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

On Health Care, Biden Administration Must Reverse Trump’s Sabotage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 2:04pm

President Trump sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, short of achieving full repeal, his Administration took many steps to undermine coverage and limit access to care — as we outline in a new brief (summarizing our comprehensive Sabotage Watch tracker). The Biden Administration will need to reverse these policies to achieve its goals of expanding health coverage and improving health equity.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

The Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 11:54am

Along with pushing for full ACA repeal, President Trump also took administrative actions throughout his time in office that caused people to lose coverage or made coverage less comprehensive or less affordable.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Parrott: President-Elect Biden’s Relief Plan Meets Urgency of Health and Economic Crisis

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/14/2021 - 8:19pm

President-elect Biden’s emergency relief proposal is a substantial, responsible plan that would significantly reduce the hardship that millions of people across the country are now facing.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty
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