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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/18/2020 - 3:48pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Policy Basics: Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/18/2020 - 10:57am

Puerto Rico residents don’t have the same access to federal assistance programs as people in the mainland United States. For instance, key nutrition assistance and health coverage programs exist in limited form in Puerto Rico, providing substantially lesser benefits and services than in the rest of the country due to funding constraints.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Program Participation Data Dashboard

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/18/2020 - 9:02am

These links and interactive tables provide state-by-state data on participants in a variety of programs for families and individuals living with low income.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

P-EBT Gives States an Important Way to Help Hungry Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/17/2020 - 3:43pm

Massachusetts yesterday became the first state to receive federal approval to issue benefits through the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program to replace the free or reduced-price meals that children are missing at school during this school year, but every other state has the authority and experience to begin issuing P-EBT benefits as well.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Pandemic Hardship Worsening as Relief Programs Near End

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/17/2020 - 3:25pm

With the holiday season upon us and federal unemployment benefits for more than 12 million jobless workers expiring the day after Christmas, a growing number of households are under severe financial strain.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Introducción al Programa de Asistencia Nutricional de Puerto Rico

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/14/2020 - 5:43pm

Es cierto que el PAN proporciona importantes beneficios nutricionales, pero este apoyo tiene grandes limitaciones versus los beneficios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Strengthening Medicare Financing

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/14/2020 - 3:37pm

Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund faces depletion in only about three years, according to the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). To improve program solvency and avoid cuts in benefits, action is needed before then.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/11/2020 - 2:43pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Preventing Spike in Evictions Will Help Limit COVID-19’s Spread

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 12/10/2020 - 10:24am

If federal policymakers don’t extend a national eviction moratorium — like the one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that’s in effect until December 31 — millions could soon lose their homes and face a higher risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 at a time when cases are already growing rapidly.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Wave of Evictions Nears as Moratorium Set to Expire

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 12/09/2020 - 5:14pm

An estimated 9.2 million adult renters — 23 percent of renters — who have lost employment income during COVID-19 are not caught up on rent, our new analysis of Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey data from August to November shows.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States That Remove Barriers to Innovation Can Promote Wider-Shared Prosperity, Well-Being

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/08/2020 - 2:51pm

States can chart a course toward more prosperous, equitable economies and more widely shared well-being, even as they navigate COVID-19’s short-term health and economic challenges, as we show in a new report.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Improved State Taxes on Wealth, High Incomes Can Help Fuel an Equitable Recovery

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/08/2020 - 11:17am

Families’ access to wealth has played a large role in determining how the pandemic has affected them. The worst of the economic and health effects have largely bypassed wealthier, higher-paid families — which are disproportionately white — but have been far more prevalent among lower-income families and those of color.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Accurately Evaluating Marketplace Enrollment

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 12/08/2020 - 10:20am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final count of people selecting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual marketplace for 2021 is expected soon after open enrollment closes on December 15th.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Medicaid and Medicare Enrollees Need Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefits

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/07/2020 - 4:55pm

Most Medicaid or Medicare enrollees do not have comprehensive health coverage for vision, dental, or hearing benefits. Congress should consider adding coverage for these services to Medicare and Medicaid.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

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