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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 4:57pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, federal tax, food assistance, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Suit Challenging ACA Legally Suspect, But Threatens Loss of Coverage for Millions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 4:29pm

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will soon announce a decision in Texas v. United States, the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Medicaid Expansion Has Saved at Least 19,000 Lives, New Research Finds

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:41pm

New evidence that thousands of lives are at stake should give states that have not yet expanded Medicaid one more reason to do so.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

ACA Lawsuit Would Cut Taxes for the Most Well-Off While Ending Health Coverage for Millions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:55am

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are asking the courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional. If the lawsuit were to succeed, 20 million people would lose health insurance, and millions more would face higher costs for health insurance or health care.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Opportunity Zones Exemplify 2017 Tax Law’s Fundamental Flaws

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 4:08pm

The New York Times and ProPublica have highlighted major flaws in the 2017 tax law’s “opportunity zone” tax break — which was ostensibly designed to encourage investment in low-income areas but is really a regressive tax cut for wealthy investors, with dubious benefits for low- and moderate-income households.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit Lifted 10.6 Million People out of Poverty in 2018

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 1:35pm

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit together boosted the incomes of 28.1 million poor Americans in 2018, lifting 10.6 million above the poverty line and making 17.5 million others less poor, our analysis of new Census data shows. These totals include 11.9 million children, 5.5 million of whom were lifted out of poverty and another 6.4 million made less poor. The figures use the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which — unlike the official poverty measure — accounts for taxes and non-cash benefits as well as cash income.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Use Caution When Shopping Outside HealthCare.gov

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 11:27am

Consumers can shop for 2020 health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period of November 1 to December 15 but, if they use enrollment pathways other than HealthCare.gov, they risk choosing subpar coverage and missing out on financial help for which they’re eligible in the marketplace.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Working With Brokers and Web-Based Brokers to Enroll in Health Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 10/31/2019 - 9:26am

The best way for consumers to get accurate, unbiased information about their health insurance options is to shop at HealthCare.gov, or with the help of a certified navigator or application counselor (“assister”). But for those who choose to work with a web-based broker, individual agent or broker, or insurance company instead, here are some steps to protect yourself.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Children’s Uninsured Rate Rose for Second Straight Year in 2018

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 9:48am

The uninsured rate among children rose for the second straight year in 2018 to 5.2 percent, up from 2016’s historic low of 4.7 percent, a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) finds.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Medicaid: Compliance With Eligibility Requirements

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 9:43am

Today’s hearing concerns eligibility errors in Medicaid, primarily whether people are being properly enrolled and whether they are remaining enrolled after they are no longer eligible. But we shouldn’t limit our definition of program integrity to the occurrence and likelihood of these types of errors.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

5 Good Reasons to Visit HealthCare.gov During Open Enrollment

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 1:17pm

During open enrollment, which runs from November 1 to December 15, consumers should take a close look at the benefits of signing up for health insurance on HealthCare.gov or their state-based marketplace. Here are five good reasons why:

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 3:26pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Rising Costs Making It Hard for Students, Particularly of Color, to Afford College

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 10:04am

While state disinvestment in public higher education has helped drive rising tuition across the country, as we explain in our new report, tuition is rarely the total price that college students face.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

State Higher Education Cuts Pushed Costs to Students, Worsened Inequality

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 8:15am

Deep state higher education funding cuts over the last decade helped drive rapid, significant tuition increases and pushed more of college costs to students, making it harder for them to enroll and graduate, as we explain in our new report. The cuts also worsened racial and class inequality, since rising tuition deters low-income students and students of color from college.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Wellness Programs Would Gut Protections for People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 2:52pm

The Trump Administration has invited states to set up so-called wellness programs, with individual-market insurers creating plans with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs for people who don’t meet certain health targets. Such programs would gut protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Arizona the Latest State to Reconsider Medicaid Work Requirements

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 1:17pm

Arizona is suspending its plan to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements, adding to the growing list of states making similar decisions. Other states with approved or pending work requirement waivers also should reconsider these harmful policies.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

GAO: Restrictive Medicaid Waivers Have Steep Administrative Costs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 1:16pm

Medicaid waivers that take coverage away from people not meeting work requirements have steep administrative costs, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report notes. Nevertheless, the report adds, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — which approves such waivers — does not require states to include administrative cost estimates in waiver proposals, and it does not factor these costs into its own budget calculations.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Cassidy-Sinema “Paid Family Leave” Proposal Offers Loan, Not Leave

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 5:13pm

The bill offers a loan that families would have to repay, not a new benefit, and provides no new job protection for workers seeking to take time off.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

State Higher Education Funding Cuts Have Pushed Costs to Students, Worsened Inequality

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 9:50am

Deep state cuts in funding for higher education over the last decade have contributed to rapid, significant tuition increases and pushed more of the costs of college to students, making it harder for them to enroll and graduate.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

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