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Georgia Waivers: At Least as Costly to Cover Far Fewer People Than Medicaid Expansion

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 1:37pm

Under two recent state proposals to waive federal Medicaid and Affordable Care Act rules, Georgia would spend at least as much to extend coverage to about 400,000 fewer people than if it adopted the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. And one waiver would likely cut, rather than increase, coverage.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Why the Federal Government Should Support Puerto Rico’s New EITC

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 4:56pm

Puerto Rico needs a comprehensive economic package that centers around powerful tools such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Ensuring That Massachusetts Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 4:30pm

As Massachusetts lawmakers seek to raise revenue to make needed investments in roads, bridges, and public transit, they should abandon plans that rely solely on regressive gas tax and user fee increases in favor of those that also ensure that corporations pay their share to fund these public resources — which, after all, enable corporations to get their products to market and their employees to work.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Much of Wealthiest Households’ Income Escapes Annual Tax or Gets Special Breaks

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 2:47pm

High-income, and especially high-wealth, tax filers enjoy many generous tax benefits that can dramatically lower their tax bills, our new report explains. Eliminating or limiting these preferences would make the tax code more progressive and help offset income inequality. It also would raise significant revenue that could fund key priorities and better enable policymakers to address the nation’s fiscal challenges.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Taxing High Incomes, Large Fortunes More Effectively

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:11pm

Policymakers who seek to raise more revenue from the nation’s wealthiest individuals could, for instance, strengthen the estate tax, raise the top personal income tax rate, end preferential treatment of capital gains and dividends, or impose new taxes on very wealthy households, our new report explains.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Administration’s Public Charge Rules Would Close the Door to U.S. to Immigrants Without Substantial Means

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:03pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) have proposed radical changes in immigration rules related to “public charge” determinations.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Commentary: Federal, State Laws Helping Corporations Avoid State Income Taxes

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 12:14pm

When making a purchase at your local big box store, you might assume that the item’s manufacturer will owe tax to your state on its profit from the sale. But there’s a pretty good chance it won’t. And, maybe just as important, you have no way to find out.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Essay: SNAP’s Powerful Effects, Ways to Improve It

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:38am

SNAP (food stamps) is an effective program that helps millions of Americans put food on the table, but there’s room to build upon its successes, as we write in a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health that’s focused on SNAP.

As we describe in our essay:

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Accuracy of Medicaid Eligibility Determinations Should Also Ensure That Eligible People Are Enrolled

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 9:30am

Facing Trump Administration pressure to make their Medicaid eligibility determinations more accurate, states are conducting more income checks, increasing paperwork, and ending coverage when their mail to enrollees is

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 2:22pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Rental Assistance Shortage Leaves 700,000 Veterans Homeless or Struggling to Afford Housing

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:59pm

As Veterans Day approaches, hundreds of thousands of veterans struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Some 38,000 veterans were homeless on a single night in January 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates. Moreover, 666,000 veterans lived in low-income households that paid more than half of their income for rent and utilities in 2017, Census data show.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Executive Order, Other Administration Actions Would Weaken Medicare

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:46am

President Trump billed a recent executive order as “protecting and improving Medicare for our nation’s seniors” and “enhancing [its] fiscal sustainability,” but it would actually do the opposite.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Improving Access to Housing Assistance for Youth Exiting Foster Care

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 1:39pm

Thank you for the opportunity to testify. I am Peggy Bailey, Vice President for Housing Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The Center is an independent, nonprofit policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of federal and state policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income families. The Center’s housing work focuses on increasing access and improving the effectiveness of federal low-income rental assistance programs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

ACA Medicaid Expansion Drove Large Drop in Uncompensated Care

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:53pm

Health coverage gains continued to drive down uncompensated care costs through 2016, according to the latest data from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Such costs have fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions took effect, as we’ve reported.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

New Research: Medicaid Expansion Saves Lives

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:01pm

Since the start of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion to low-income adults, evidence has poured in that the expansion is helping enrollees access and afford care. But as more time passes, researchers can also examine how expansion is affecting other health and financial outcomes. New research finds the policy is delivering on its promise to improve both financial security and health – including by saving lives.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Automatic Reconciliation an Undesirable Part of Enzi-Whitehouse Budget Process Bill

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 4:29pm

The bill could drive harmful budget cuts and unsound economic policy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 4:57pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty


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