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Expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Would Benefit 9 Million Latino Households

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 2:50pm

The recently introduced Kildee-Evans bill would boost the incomes of an estimated 9 million Latino households.

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Striking Down ACA Would Weaken Medicare

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:57am

Medicare beneficiaries, providers, and plans could face severe harm if the federal courts allow a district court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to stand. As we noted earlier today, a federal court of appeals will hear oral arguments tomorrow on whether to uphold the decision.

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Important Medicaid Initiatives Would End if Decision Overturning ACA Stands

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:14am

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments tomorrow on whether a district court decision striking down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) should stand.

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Trump’s Health Care Plan Would Do Much the Same Damage as His Effort to Repeal the ACA Through the Courts

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 10:12am

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in Texas v. Azar, the lawsuit in which the Trump Administration and 20 Republican attorneys general are asking the courts to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the courts ultimately adopt the Administration’s position, 20 million people would lose health coverage, and millions more would pay more for coverage or care.

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Demographic Data Highlight Potential Harm of New Trump Proposal to Restrict Housing Assistance

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 3:32pm

A rule proposed by the Trump Administration would bar families from receiving most forms of rental assistance. This is a significant change from current policy. Over 100,000 people could lose assistance due to this provision, HUD’s own estimates show.

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Alaska Governor Embraces Formula for Decline as Colorado Lawmakers Vote to Relax Theirs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 5:09pm

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy is proposing two constitutional amendments that would severely restrict the state’s ability to invest in its future — much like the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” (TABOR) in Colorado that has driven state funding crises ever since its enactment more than two decades ago, and that also has limited investments in education, infrastructure, and other key building blocks of economic growth.

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In Case You Missed It…

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 4:51pm

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

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New Tax Proposals Would Help Low-Income Same-Sex Couples

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 4:10pm

Pride month is a good time to highlight proposals that would help low- and modest-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families put food on the table and make ends meet.

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Trump Proposal Would Force 25,000 Families to Split Up or Lose Rental Assistance

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 4:05pm

A proposed Trump Administration rule would ban certain families with immigrants from most federal rental assistance programs, forcing tens of thousands of eligible people to split up their families or lose their assistance and risk eviction and homelessness.

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3 Million Veteran or Active-Duty Households Would Benefit From Working Families Tax Relief Act

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:03pm

Independence Day reminds us of the freedoms we enjoy, and of those who have served or are serving our nation in uniform to preserve those freedoms. Unfortunately, many veterans struggle to move ahead, or even to stay afloat, because their jobs don’t pay enough to ensure that they can afford the basics for themselves and their families. An important proposal to support low-wage workers is the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would help 46 million households, including 3 million veteran or active-duty households.

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States Used 2019 Legislative Sessions to Boost Revenue for Schools, Other Services

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 9:51am

With a new fiscal year set to begin in most states on July 1, state policymakers have raised revenue for public investments in schools and other areas that will lay a strong foundation for stronger long-term economic growth, and they’ve proposed additional revenue increases that need voter approval.

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“Block Grant” Medicaid Waivers Would Pose Serious Risks to Beneficiaries, Providers, and States

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 5:36pm

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma wants to use Medicaid waivers to let states ignore various federal standards and beneficiary protections — and avoid federal oversight — in exchange for agreeing to caps on the federal Medicaid funding they receive.

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“Block Grant” Guidance Will Likely Invite Medicaid Waivers That Pose Serious Risks to Beneficiaries, Providers, and States

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 3:58pm

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma has said she wants to use Medicaid waivers to let states ignore various federal standards and beneficiary protections — and avoid federal oversight — in exchange for agreeing to caps on the federal Medicaid funding they receive.

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House Ways and Means Committee Legislation Would Expand EITC and Child Tax Credit

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 3:40pm

The bill would also boost child care assistance.

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In Case You Missed It…

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 3:27pm

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

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New Rule Could Mean Consumer Confusion, Higher Premiums in Marketplace

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 2:29pm

The Trump Administration has finalized a rule to expand health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) that it predicts will shift, by 2029, 7 million people from traditional group health plans to individual plans that people can buy with help from a limited employer cash contribution.

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Delaware Should Give Lowest-Income Working Families Full Access to EITC

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:03pm

Delaware policymakers have another chance this year to enable thousands more working households to get the full value of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), even if it exceeds their income taxes. This change, to make the credit “refundable,” would help working families earning very low wages better meet their basic needs.

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House Hearing Today to Highlight Successes of SNAP “Categorical Eligibility”

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 5:17pm

A House Agriculture subcommittee will hear testimony today about a Trump Administration plan to roll back an important state option (“categorical eligibility”) that lets states tailor their SNAP (food stamp) income and asset limits to provide modest help to certain low-income households — mainly working families, seniors, and people with disabilities — to afford food.

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Medicaid Funding Cliff Approaching for U.S. Territories

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:08pm

Tomorrow’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will put the focus back on the crisis that U.S. territories face due to the looming expiration of federal funds to supplement their inadequate Medicaid block grants — and their need for ongoing, stable, and adequate funding to fund the full range of Medicaid benefits to all who qualify.

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Research Note: 1990s Cash Assistance Policy Changes Associated With Negative Social Behaviors for Adolescents, Particularly Boys

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 5:26pm

These behavioral effects may have hindered the adolescents’ well-being, health outcomes, and socioeconomic trajectories as they transitioned into adulthood.

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