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Chart Book: Tracking the Post-Great Recession Economy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 6:01pm

This chart book tracks the current economic expansion and the evolution of the economy under President Trump, both in terms of how the current expansion compares with other expansions over the past several decades and how it compares with his claims of what his policies will accomplish.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

What the 2019 Trustees’ Report Shows About Social Security

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 4:56pm
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Social Security can pay full benefits for 16 more years, the trustees’ annual report shows, but then faces a significant, though manageable, funding shortfall.[1] Several key points emerge from the report:

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

SNAP Caseload and Spending Declines Have Accelerated in Recent Years

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 4:54pm

Participation and spending in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) continue to decline.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

CRS: 2017 Tax Law Proponents’ Trickle-Down Claims Haven’t Materialized

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 4:17pm

The 2017 tax law likely has had little effect on economic growth, investment, and wages in 2018, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) says in a new report.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Proposed Change to ACA Enrollment Policies Would Boost Insured Rate, Improve Continuity of Coverage

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 2:33pm

Evidence suggests that in Massachusetts, making it easier for people to enroll in the marketplace has helped boost enrollment, prevent coverage gaps, and reduce uninsured rates, all without causing significant adverse selection.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

GAO: More Transparency Needed in Federal Review of Medicaid Waiver Proposals

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 1:37pm

Lack of transparency in how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reviews state Medicaid waiver requests “may leave the agency and the public without key information to fully understand the potential impact of the changes being proposed, including on beneficiaries and costs,” according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It…

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 11:48am

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty


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