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In Case You Missed It…

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 3:27pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, housing, state budgets and taxes, health, family income support, food assistance, federal taxes, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

New Rule Could Mean Consumer Confusion, Higher Premiums in Marketplace

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 2:29pm

The Trump Administration has finalized a rule to expand health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) that it predicts will shift, by 2029, 7 million people from traditional group health plans to individual plans that people can buy with help from a limited employer cash contribution.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Delaware Should Give Lowest-Income Working Families Full Access to EITC

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:03pm

Delaware policymakers have another chance this year to enable thousands more working households to get the full value of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), even if it exceeds their income taxes. This change, to make the credit “refundable,” would help working families earning very low wages better meet their basic needs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

House Hearing Today to Highlight Successes of SNAP “Categorical Eligibility”

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 5:17pm

A House Agriculture subcommittee will hear testimony today about a Trump Administration plan to roll back an important state option (“categorical eligibility”) that lets states tailor their SNAP (food stamp) income and asset limits to provide modest help to certain low-income households — mainly working families, seniors, and people with disabilities — to afford food.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Medicaid Funding Cliff Approaching for U.S. Territories

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:08pm

Tomorrow’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will put the focus back on the crisis that U.S. territories face due to the looming expiration of federal funds to supplement their inadequate Medicaid block grants — and their need for ongoing, stable, and adequate funding to fund the full range of Medicaid benefits to all who qualify.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Research Note: 1990s Cash Assistance Policy Changes Associated With Negative Social Behaviors for Adolescents, Particularly Boys

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 5:26pm

These behavioral effects may have hindered the adolescents’ well-being, health outcomes, and socioeconomic trajectories as they transitioned into adulthood.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Proposal Would Jeopardize Rental Aid for More Than 9 Million U.S. Citizens

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 4:03pm

In a little-noticed move, the Trump Administration is proposing a new roadblock for U.S. citizens who are seeking federal rental assistance, including the more than 9 million citizens who are now receiving aid.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States Should Target Senior Tax Breaks Only to Those Who Need Them, Free up Funds for Investments

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 3:59pm

These breaks cost states 7 percent of state income taxes on average in 2013, a figure that will only rise.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

House Bill Would Expand Housing Voucher Mobility Demonstration

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 3:37pm

The House this week will begin debate on a package of appropriations bills that would, in its 2020 funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), invest substantial resources to help low-income families struggling with high housing costs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

New Jersey Can Bolster Investment, Boost Fairness With Millionaires’ Tax

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 5:19pm

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has proposed shoring up his state’s finances with a new millionaires’ tax — a proven tool to raise revenues for vital investments, such as good public schools, while basing state tax codes more on the ability to pay.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Administration’s Poverty Line Proposal Would Cut Health, Food Assistance for Millions Over Time

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 2:46pm

The Trump Administration is considering a change to the federal poverty line that would ultimately cause millions of people to lose eligibility for, or receive less help from, health, food assistance, and other programs that help them meet basic needs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It…

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 5:11pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Administration’s Harmful Changes to Medicaid

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 2:27pm

President Trump has made clear that his goal remains to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the Medicaid expansion, and to impose rigid caps on the federal government’s Medicaid spending.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Poverty Line Proposal Would Hurt Seniors, People With Disabilities

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:40am

The Trump Administration is considering whether to use a lower inflation measure to calculate annual adjustments to the federal poverty line.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Utah’s Proposed Medicaid Waiver Would Deny Medicaid to Tens of Thousands of Low-Income Utahns, Drive More Cuts in the Future

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:35am

Utah proposed a waiver of federal Medicaid rules on May 31 that would add harmful features to an earlier waiver that the federal government approved for the state.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Lawmakers Can Prevent Surprise Medical Bills, Lower Health Costs

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 3:18pm

At a hearing tomorrow, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will discuss a proposal from Chairman Frank Pallone and Ranking Republican Member Greg Walden to protect patients from large bills when they unexpectedly or unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network provider.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Reducing Cost-of-Living Adjustment Would Make Poverty Line a Less Accurate Measure of Basic Needs

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:49am

The Trump Administration is publicly weighing plans to gradually lower the official poverty line by applying a smaller cost-of-living adjustment each year. Doing so would be unjustified for several reasons.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

House Bill a Step Forward on IRS Enforcement, But More Needed

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 4:45pm

A bill before the House Appropriations Committee would raise funding for IRS tax enforcement and operations support in 2020 — an important, but too modest, step forward after the damaging cuts in IRS enforcement since 2010. Given the depleted state and critical importance of IRS enforcement, lawmakers need to add more.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

A Case for Full Employment: Underemployment, the Falling NAIRU and the Costs of Excess Slack

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 4:10pm

But if these well-known models accurately describe the relationship between inflation rates and labor market slack, why are the United States and other advanced economies experiencing such slow to modest wage growth as national unemployment rates keep dropping lower and lower?

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It…

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 3:28pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on federal taxes and the federal budget, health, the economy, food assistance, and Social Security.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty


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