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Medicaid Restrictions Impede Innovation to Improve Care, Reduce Costs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 1:03pm

President Trump’s 2020 budget doubles down on the Administration’s unprecedented policy of letting states take away Medicaid coverage from people not meeting work requirements by proposing work requirements nationwide.

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Restrictive Medicaid Policies Will Impede Innovation to Improve Care and Reduce Costs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:32pm

The Trump Administration’s approval of state Medicaid policies that restrict access to coverage and care will impede the success of new Medicaid models. 

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Celebrating 50 Years of VITA

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 3:13pm

As we recognize the fourth annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Awareness Day today, we also celebrate 50 years of VITA. This IRS-sponsored program trains volunteers to help millions of low- and moderate-income people file their taxes by providing accurate, free, and trustworthy tax preparation assistance. VITA sites are located across the country at community settings like libraries, community organizations, churches, and universities.

VITA fulfills four critical tax preparation needs:

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“Direct Enrollment” in Marketplace Coverage Lacks Protections for Consumers, Exposes Them to Harm

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 1:32pm

Direct enrollment raises several concerns, primarily because DE entities lack the benefits and protections that the ACA marketplaces provide.

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Married Couples With Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services Could Lose Critical Protections

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 9:57am

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) again face the possibility of losing their Medicaid eligibility and having to enter nursing homes to get needed care, because a three-month extension of “spousal impoverishment” protections expires on March 31.

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Trump Budget: Non-Defense Discretionary Cuts Almost Twice as Big as the Budget Says

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 4:18pm

The President’s budget proposes to cut 2020 funding for non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs — a broad category that includes everything from education to veterans’ medical care, housing assistance, international affairs, and environmental protection — by 9 percent, or nearly twice as much as the 5 percent that the Administration says (as we explain below). The cuts are 11 percent in inflation-adjusted terms.

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Unfinished Business From the 2017 Tax Law

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:03pm

Testimony of Chye-Ching Huang, Director of Federal Fiscal Policy, Before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures

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Trump Budget Would Take Medicaid Away From People, Nationwide, Who Don’t Meet Work Requirements

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:20am

President Trump’s new budget would take Medicaid coverage away from adults nationwide if they don’t meet a work requirement, which the Kaiser Family Foundation’s prior estimates show could cost 1.4 million to 4 million people, if not more, their coverage.

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2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 4:44pm

President Trump’s 2020 budget, released today, would make poverty more widespread, widen inequality and racial disparities, and increase the ranks of the uninsured.

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Policymakers Shouldn’t Repeal or Further Delay “Cadillac Tax”

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 3:06pm

Congress is facing renewed calls to repeal or further delay the “Cadillac tax” — the excise tax on high-cost health plans. That would be unwise for two reasons: it would lose needed revenue and would set back efforts to slow the growth of health care costs.

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Contrary to Rhetoric, Trump Budget Cuts Access to Care for HIV, Substance Use Disorders

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 1:24pm

Just weeks after promising in the State of the Union to expand funding to substantially reduce new HIV infections over the next ten years and combat the opioid epidemic, President Trump unveiled a budget today that deeply cuts Medicaid, the core program providing access to health care for people with these conditions. Even with its limited new funds for programs that address HIV and substance use disorders (SUDs), the budget on the whole would make it less likely that people get needed care and would undermine the President’s stated goals.

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Greenstein: President Trump’s Fiscal 2020 Budget Proposal a Troubling Vision for the Nation

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:46pm

The budget would make poverty deeper and more widespread, increase the ranks of the uninsured, exacerbate inequality and racial disparities, and shrink opportunities for those trying to get ahead.

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Plan to Ditch Flat Tax Is Right for Illinois

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:59am

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker proposes to replace the state’s regressive flat tax system with a graduated rate structure, which would require a voter-approved constitutional amendment in 2020. Known as the “Fair Tax” plan, it’s a wise course correction to the current flat tax system, which falls harder on working people than the wealthy and doesn’t support the state’s financial needs.

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In Case You Missed It…

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 4:46pm

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

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Five Things to Look for in the 2020 Trump Budget

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 5:06pm

The Trump Administration is expected to release its third budget on March 11, though it reportedly will not issue much of the detail supporting its proposals until one week later. Typically, an Administration’s prior budgets are the best predictor of its upcoming budgets.

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Association Health Plan Expansion Likely to Hurt Consumers, State Insurance Markets

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 4:13pm

In response to recent Trump Administration rule changes that will allow for far broader enrollment in association health plans (AHPs), consumer advocates, patient groups, insurers, and many policy experts have raised concerns that expanding the plans will negatively affect consumers and the state insurance markets that serve small businesses and individuals.[1] While supporters of AHPs focus on their ability to reduce premium costs for some small businesses and self-employed individuals, the plans likely achieve such savings prim

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Revisions Can’t Fix Montana Medicaid Proposal — Still Takes Coverage From Thousands

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 11:42am

The sponsor of legislation in Montana to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, charge low-income adults high premiums, and make eligibility contingent on completing extra paperwork related to job readiness and health status — all of which would have caused up to 36,000 people to lose coverage — has implied that changes he’s made to the bill would somehow ease some of the restrictions.

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More Evidence of Post-ACA Slowdown in Health Care Spending

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:41am

New projections from the Medicare actuaries provide fresh evidence that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped slow spending growth throughout the nation’s health care sector.

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Bright Prospects for State EITC Expansions in 2019

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 6:05pm

2019 could be a banner year for state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), as governors and lawmakers have introduced proposals to create and expand the credits in at least 26 states this year.

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Puerto Rico Forced to Slash Basic Food Aid While Waiting for Washington to Act

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 2:37pm

Some 1.35 million low-income residents of Puerto Rico — more than a third of its population — reportedly have had, or will have, their food assistance benefits cut dramatically this month because its disaster food aid has run out and the President and Congress haven’t granted the governor’s request for $600 million more in funding. The House passed an aid package that includes the funds.

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