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Housing and Health Partners Can Work Together to Close the Housing Affordability Gap

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 9:30am

The health care system has an important role in connecting patients to housing, but housing programs themselves need substantial additional resources to make a meaningful dent in the number of households that struggle to afford housing.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 3:31pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, food assistance, health, Social Security, and the economy.

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Improving SNAP and Medicaid Access: Filling Income Eligibility Gaps to Maximize Health Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 2:07pm

Medicaid agencies should implement screening questions, policies, and system improvements that ensure eligible beneficiaries receive coverage without gaps.

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States Can’t Protect Themselves From Harmful Effects of ACA Repeal

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 1:12pm

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are asking the courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional.

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More States Reconsidering Medicaid Work Requirements

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:47am

Six states — Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, and Virginia — have reversed or suspended their plans to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements. Other states with similar approved or pending waivers from the federal government also should reconsider these harmful policies.

The six states reconsidering their work requirement policies cited legal challenges and significant pending coverage losses, among other reasons:

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Affordable Care Act Still Reduces Deficits, Despite Tax Repeals

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 9:55am

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains likely to reduce federal budget deficits substantially in coming years, despite December’s repeal of three ACA taxes. Repealing the excise tax on high-cost health plans (the “Cadillac tax”), the fee on health insurance providers (the “health insurance tax”), and the medical device excise tax will sacrifice hundreds of billions in revenues and marks a significant step backwards in health and fiscal policy, as we’ve written.

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Social Security Disability Insurance Still Shrinking

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 1:02pm

Applications and benefit awards for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) fell again in 2019, new data show, adding to the significant declines since 2010 (see graph). Total SSDI enrollment also has shrunk in recent years — by more than 575,000 people (nearly 6.5 percent) since peaking in 2014.

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Introduction to Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 1:07pm

Puerto Rico’s food assistance program, the Nutrition Assistance Program helps residents of Puerto Rico afford a basic diet.Puerto Rico’s food assistance program, the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP, or PAN for its Spanish acronym) helps residents of Puerto Rico afford a basic diet.

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Trump Administration Rule Would Reverse Communities’ Progress Toward Meeting Fair Housing Obligations

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 4:12pm

The proposed rule the Trump Administration announced today would seriously weaken community efforts to enable all households to secure housing without facing discrimination. 

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 4:24pm

This week at CBPP, we announced that CBPP’s founder and President, Robert Greenstein, will step down at the end of 2020. Bob stated, in part:

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What Are Housing Mobility Programs and Why Are They Needed?

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 4:18pm

Housing mobility programs help low-income families with children use Housing Choice Vouchers to move to high-opportunity neighborhoods. These neighborhoods often have less poverty, better schools, less crime, and more resources such as grocery stores and parks, which together promote better health and life satisfaction for parents and children and improve children’s chances of succeeding in school and earning more as adults.

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Compare Apples to Apples When Evaluating Marketplace Enrollment Totals

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 2:39pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final count of people selecting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual marketplace for 2020 is expected soon. Accurately assessing this year’s HealthCare.gov sign-ups will require some adjustment: this year’s sign-ups will match last year’s if they total roughly 8.34 million, about 110,000 below the 8.45 million reported in last year's final snapshot report.

This adjustment is needed for two reasons:

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New Jersey Driver’s License Measure Is Its Latest Inclusive Policy for Immigrants

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 9:56am

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill that lets residents who are undocumented obtain driver’s licenses, giving access to nearly 450,000 such residents and providing for safer roads, fewer uninsured drivers, more state revenue, and greater mobility for families in their daily lives.

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Senate Bill Aims to Cut Intergenerational Poverty by Expanding Families’ Housing Opportunities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 3:45pm

A new bill introduced by Senators Todd Young and Chris Van Hollen would give hundreds of thousands of children a better chance of long-term success by helping their families afford rental housing, including housing in areas with quality schools and other opportunities that promote healthy child development.

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Health Extenders Agreement Takes a Step Backward

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 11:03am

By repealing three major tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the new health extenders agreement between Congress and the Trump Administration takes a significant step backward.

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Georgia’s Unprecedented 1332 Waiver Would Endanger Consumers and Violate Federal Law

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/16/2019 - 4:57pm

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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Robert Greenstein to Step Down at End of 2020

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/16/2019 - 12:01pm
Date:  December 17, 2019
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