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Improving Users’ Experience With Online SNAP and Medicaid Systems

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:55am

When a user has difficulty setting up an account or signing in, they must revert to phone calls or in-person visits. To avoid that result, states should pay attention to user needs at the front door of their systems by prioritizing the account sign-in experience, ensuring passwords don’t create insurmountable barriers, and measuring the outcomes of their efforts.  

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States Can Quickly Expand Medicaid to Provide Coverage and Financial Security to Millions

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:41am

Expanding Medicaid now would cover over 4 million currently uninsured adults in these states and potentially many more who lose their jobs or much of their income in coming months.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Removing Barriers to Access From Remote Identity Proofing

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:41am

Some states are adding unnecessary complexity to Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps) online systems, blocking people from applying, reporting changes, and completing renewals through online portals. One way they do that is by requiring people to verify their identity through a process called Remote Identity Proofing (RIDP) before applying or transacting other business. RIDP is not required to determine eligibility for Medicaid, premium tax credits, or other safety net programs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

IRS Deadlines Threaten Stimulus Payments for 1 Million Dependents

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 6:32pm

Roughly 1 million children may miss out this year on the $500 stimulus payment their parents or guardians are supposed to receive if the parents or guardians don’t complete an online IRS form by noon tomorrow, April 22. This deadline is unreasonable and unnecessary.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Greenstein: New COVID-19 Bill Helpful But Inadequate — More Needed for States and Localities, the Most Vulnerable, and the Economy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 2:30pm

While providing needed support to small businesses and hospitals, the new COVID-19 package announced today falls short even as an interim measure, failing to deliver crucial state and local fiscal relief and food assistance.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Families First’s Medicaid Funding Boost a Useful First Step, But Far From Enough

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:40am

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s temporary Medicaid funding boost, if it remains in effect for all of 2020, will deliver about $40 billion in immediate, needed relief to states, which will face growing costs due to the virus and a deep economic downturn.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Commentary: Policymakers Should Expand Emergency Paid Leave in Next Coronavirus Package

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Mon, 04/20/2020 - 11:23am

New benefits will help millions of workers, but there are large coverage gaps that leave out many who are at heightened risk of exposure to the virus.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty


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