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Many States Taking Steps That Will Improve Residents’ Health, Advance Health Equity

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 2:35pm

Many states this year have adopted or are considering budget and policy changes that don’t involve health care programs directly but can measurably improve residents’ health, such as improving their tax codes, raising the minimum wage, and investing in education. Things like access to food, affordable housing, high-quality schools, and economic opportunity significantly affect people’s and communities’ health, our report shows (see graphic).

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Enzi Budget Plan Offers No Path to Needed Spending Agreement

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 9:20am

The plan fails at the key task of laying out a path for Congress to resolve the year’s most pressing budget challenge: reaching agreement on discretionary funding levels.

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House Bill Would Make Significant Progress on Health Care Affordability and Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 3:04pm

House legislation introduced today would lower health insurance premiums by hundreds or thousands of dollars per year for more than 13 million people and extend coverage to millions more. The bill would guarantee almost all consumers an option to purchase health insurance for less than 10 percent of their income. The bill, introduced by Reps.

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Montana Bill Would Cut Medicaid Expansion Enrollment in Half, Cost Nearly the Same as Full Extension

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 4:33pm

A restrictive Montana proposal would take coverage away from about 50,000 people, a new fiscal analysis from the state Office of Budget and Program Planning finds, or about half of those enrolled through the state’s Medicaid expansion. And it would cost the state nearly as much as a bill to extend the current expansion, which would provide coverage to nearly 100,000 Montanans.

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In Case You Missed It…

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 4:25pm

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

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For ACA’s 9th Anniversary, CBPP Examines Options to Further Expand Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 3:38pm

Nine years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010, the uninsured rate remains at a historic low and more than 20 million people have gained coverage — but about 30 million non-elderly people are still uninsured. Several new CBPP analyses examine the uninsured and identify policies to continue expanding coverage and making coverage and health care more affordable.

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Iowa Bill Would Cause Thousands to Lose Medicaid Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 3:02pm

In Iowa, a Senate-passed bill that’s now before the House would almost certainly take Medicaid coverage away from thousands of people who can’t meet a work requirement.

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Trump Budget Would Slash Rent Aid for Struggling Seniors, Families, Others

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 4:50pm

In his 2020 budget, President Trump proposes again to radically reduce the federal role in helping low-income seniors, families with children, and others to pay rent and make ends meet.

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New Arkansas Data Contradict Claims That Most Who Lost Medicaid Found Jobs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:21pm

A large majority of the more than 18,000 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries who lost their Medicaid coverage since the state began implementing a first-in-the-nation Medicaid work requirement in June not only haven’t found jobs, but they also probably don’t have health insurance, new state data suggest.

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Making Health Insurance More Affordable for Middle-Income Individual Market Consumers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 2:21pm

Increasing or eliminating the income cap on the ACA's premium tax credits would ensure that nearly all consumers have coverage options that cost less than 10 percent of their incomes.

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Improving ACA Subsidies for Low- and Moderate-Income Consumers Is Key to Increasing Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 2:20pm

Lower-income people are much more likely to lack insurance, and they comprise the majority of the marketplace-eligible uninsured.

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Chart Book: Accomplishments of Affordable Care Act

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 5:38pm

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than 20 million people have gained health coverage.

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Medicare in the 2020 Trump Budget

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 5:13pm

President Trump’s 2020 budget proposes nearly $600 billion in net Medicare spending reductions over ten years (see table). Most of the proposals would reduce payments to health care providers and not affect beneficiaries directly.

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In Case You Missed It...

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 1:59pm

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

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State Millionaires’ Taxes Can Advance Racial Justice

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 1:50pm

States can help reverse the harmful legacy of racism and racial discrimination by changing how they raise and spend money. Robust public investments in schools, health care, and infrastructure can create more opportunities for people of color. One way states can raise the needed revenue is by creating or strengthening “millionaires’ taxes” – higher tax rates at high income levels, as our recent report explained.

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“Direct Enrollment” in Marketplace Coverage Poses Risks for Consumers

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:16am

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed new rules that would expand “direct enrollment,” in which consumers enroll in marketplace coverage by using the websites of insurers and brokers instead of the federal HealthCare.gov site. The rule encourages navigators and others certified to provide impartial consumer help to enroll consumers through these private websites.

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Montana About to Consider Medicaid Bill Eliminating Coverage for Thousands

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 2:40pm

Montana lawmakers will hear testimony on two bills this Saturday: one permanently extending the state’s successful Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act beyond its June expiration, which would let Montana keep receiving federal funds to cover over 96,000 low-income adults, the other continuing the expansion for just 18 months and taki

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Trump 2020 Budget Roundup

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 2:29pm

Here are the CBPP posts and papers to date on President Trump’s 2020 budget; we’ll update this list as we issue more analyses:

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