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Trump Proposal Threatens Coverage of HealthCare.gov Enrollees

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 12/07/2020 - 2:01pm

A proposed Trump Administration rule would undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and could cause many people to lose health coverage.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 4:56pm

This week, we released a statement announcing Sharon Parrott as CBPP’s next president. On January 1, 2021, Parrott will succeed Robert Greenstein, who established the Center in 1981 and has served as its chief executive ever since.

“The Center is one of the nation’s most influential organizations in shaping domestic policy, and Sharon will build on its four decades of achievement to lead it to new heights of effectiveness and impact,” said Kenneth Apfel, CBPP Board Chairman.

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Congress Must Help Struggling Families — as It Helped Highly Indebted Companies

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 2:36pm

COVID-19 and natural disasters from wildfires to hurricanes this year have hit people in low-paying jobs especially hard, with many of them suffering massive job and wage losses. Now, many of these same people face the risk of losing some or all of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit unless policymakers enact — before the next tax filing season — a “lookback” to let workers use their previous-year earnings to calculate their tax credit amounts.

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Latest Jobs Report Bad News for Unemployed Workers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 11:22am

The recovery from the deep economic nosedive of last spring continues to lose steam, the latest jobs report shows. Job growth slowed further in November, long-term unemployment (27 weeks or more) kept rising, and, as in past recoveries, jobs are returning more slowly for Black and Hispanic workers than for white workers in a still-depressed job market.

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New Data on Hardship Underscore Continued Need for Substantial COVID Relief

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 2:31pm

Tens of millions of people are struggling to meet basic needs, according to the most recent Census data released on December 2, yet core parts of the relief that policymakers provided this spring have already expired or are slated to expire by the end of the year.

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States Can Act Now to Keep Medicaid Enrollees Covered When the Public Health Emergency Ends

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 11:04am

State Medicaid agencies should act now to prepare for the end of the PHE and develop policies to resume regular operations that ensure eligible enrollees retain crucial health coverage.

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Mississippi Governor Irresponsibly Proposes to Repeal State’s Income Tax

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 3:36pm

It’s hard to imagine a more harmful fiscal policy idea than Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves’ call to eliminate the state’s income tax, the state’s second largest revenue source for schools, health care, and other essential public services.

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CBPP Announces Sharon Parrott as New President

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 11/30/2020 - 12:49pm
Date:  December 1, 2020
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More Funds Needed to Avert Housing Voucher Cuts as COVID-Related Job Losses Increase Costs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 3:46pm

Because millions of people continue to experience severe hardship as they struggle to pay rent and remain safely in their homes during the pandemic, it is essential that policymakers substantially expand rental assistance in year-end legislation.

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HHS’ Proposed “Rule on Rules” Could Wreak Havoc on Health Programs and Harm People

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 3:29pm

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed “Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely” (SUNSET) rule would cause most HHS regulations to automatically expire unless HHS conducts a time-consuming assessment and review of such regulations. If finalized, the proposal would divert key resources from responding to COVID-19; wreak havoc on the administration of Medicaid, Medicare, the marketplaces, and other HHS programs; and potentially seriously harm millions of people.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/20/2020 - 3:43pm

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

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Most Parents Leaving TANF Work, But in Low-Paying, Unstable Jobs, Recent Studies Find

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 11/19/2020 - 3:17pm

A central tenet of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the primary cash assistance program for families with children, is that TANF should provide temporary support while parents engage in required activities to help them find or prepare for work — the so-called “welfare-to-work” strategy. While employment that pays sufficient wages and provides regular hours can be a path from poverty towards financial stability, most TANF recipients are not on that path, our analysis of studies of parents leaving TANF shows.

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Medicaid Improper Payment Rates Don’t Signal Fraud or Abuse

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 11/19/2020 - 11:58am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2020 Estimated Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rate — which measures “improper” payments in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — but policymakers shouldn’t use it to justify imposing additional, burdensome verification and paperwork requirements or to distract from the larger

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Puerto Rico necesita más ayuda alimentaria para responder más eficazmente al COVID-19

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 11/18/2020 - 4:11pm

A la Isla le hacen falta más fondos federales para proporcionarle a sus habitantes el mismo acceso a la asistencia alimentaria que recibe el resto de los Estados Unidos, y para enfrentar la creciente necesidad ocasionada por el COVID-19 y por la profunda recesión económica.

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As Thanksgiving Approaches, Fewer Than Half of Households With Kids Very Confident About Affording Needed Food

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 11/18/2020 - 3:24pm

As Thanksgiving approaches amidst a pandemic-driven economic crisis, just 44 percent of households with children are “very confident” that they can afford needed food over the next four weeks, according to new Census survey data — and about 10 percent, or 3.5 million households, are “not at all confident.” That uncertainty reflects widespread food hardship across the country, with 5.6 million households with children struggling to put enough food on the table in the past seven days.

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Puerto Rico Nutrition Benefit Cuts Risk Food Insecurity, Show Block Grant’s Limits

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 10:17am

Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) basic household benefits have shrunk significantly over the last three months — as the Commonwealth depleted emergency federal funding — which may make it harder for many households to afford the food they need amid COVID-19 and an uncertain economic recovery.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/13/2020 - 3:50pm

Since the last time we rounded up our recent work at CBPP, we focused on health, the economy, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, poverty and inequality, and housing.

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Basic Facts About HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 11/13/2020 - 3:25pm

HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency program is unique from many other governmental programs designed to promote work among low-income people.

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Provide Adequate SNAP Funding for Fiscal Year 2021

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 11/12/2020 - 5:28pm

The Agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 that the Senate Appropriations Committee released Tuesday includes substantially less funding for SNAP (food stamps) than the program is likely to need, because the bill’s funding level is based on outdated, pre-COVID-19 funding estimates. Traditionally, appropriators wait until the House-Senate conference committee meets to set the final number for SNAP.

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Weakening Economy, Widespread Hardship Show Urgent Need for Further Relief

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 11/10/2020 - 5:12pm

With COVID-19 still not under control — in fact, cases are spiking in many parts of the country — and the economic recovery slowing, additional well-designed relief measures are vital to relieving hardship.

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