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Health Extenders Agreement Takes a Step Backward

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 11:03am

By repealing three major tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the new health extenders agreement between Congress and the Trump Administration takes a significant step backward.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Georgia’s Unprecedented 1332 Waiver Would Endanger Consumers and Violate Federal Law

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 4:57pm

Georgia has proposed sweeping changes to its private health insurance market that would endanger coverage for about 400,000 Georgians who purchase comprehensive health insurance through the state’s individual market.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Robert Greenstein to Step Down at End of 2020

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 12:01pm
Date:  December 17, 2019
Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 2:59pm

This past week at CBPP, we focused on federal tax, health, the federal budget, food assistance, family income support, housing, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Proposed Emergency Assistance Fund a Promising Approach to Reducing Evictions

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 11:40am

A job loss, illness, or car breakdown shouldn’t threaten a family’s housing, but that’s the reality for many Americans with low incomes who experience eviction or other types of housing instability because they don’t have the resources to weather even a short-term income loss or large unexpected bill.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Enzi-Whitehouse Would Threaten Medicare and Medicaid

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 9:59am

Congress should reject efforts to attach, to end-of-year spending legislation, a bill from the Senate Budget Committee’s Chairman Mike Enzi and member Sheldon Whitehouse that would change the budget process in a highly problematic way and threaten large cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and other mandatory programs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Enzi-Whitehouse Budget Process Bill Includes Harmful Provision for Automatic Reconciliation

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:11pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Rule Weakens SNAP’s Recession-Fighting Power

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:28am

The Trump Administration’s new rule that severely limits access to SNAP (food stamps) for certain jobless individuals aged 18-50 who aren’t raising minor children in their homes is not only cruel; it amounts to economic malpractice.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Policymakers Should Quickly Give Much-Needed Medicaid Funding Boost to U.S. Territories

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 2:15pm

As interest grows on Capitol Hill to boost Medicaid funding for the U.S. territories for the next four years, the President and Congress should quickly do so, which would prevent the territories from running out of Medicaid funds early next year.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Rents Have Risen More Than Incomes in Nearly Every State Since 2001

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 1:12pm

Growth in median rents has outpaced growth in median renter income since 2001 in nearly every state, as we explain in our updated state rental assistance fact sheets. About 23 million low-income renters pay more than half of their income for housing, partly due to this gap between rental costs and income.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

A Guide for Using Our Federal Rental Assistance Fact Sheets

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 12:55pm

Whether you’re a national, state, or local housing advocate or just want to learn more about federal housing programs, our Federal Rental Assistance Fact Sheets can serve many useful purposes. They are ideal for showing who benefits from federal rental assistance; highlighting the unmet need and affordability challenges facing low-income families; understanding national statistics; and making comparisons between states.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Repealing “SALT” Cap Would Be Regressive and Proposed Offset Would Use up Needed Progressive Revenues

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 12:25pm

More modest proposals to modify the SALT cap offer a superior approach; such proposals can be designed to exempt the vast share of taxpayers from the cap and at far less cost.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Don’t Delay or Repeal Health-Related Taxes

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 2:57pm

As part of year-end tax and spending legislation, Congress may consider delaying or repealing several tax provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the fee on health insurance providers (the “health insurance tax”), the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans (the “Cadillac tax”), and the limitation on using tax-advantaged health accounts to buy over-the-counter medicines. These taxes raise needed revenue and represent sound public policy, and further delaying or repealing them would be unwise.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States Should Build on Momentum to Boost TANF Benefits

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:58am

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia raised their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits between July 2018 and July 2019, our updated report shows.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States Can Boost WIC, Improve Outcomes for Low-Income Women, Young Children

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:50am

State policymakers can do more to ensure that low-income women and young children participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Just over half of those eligible currently participate, despite WIC’s well-documented role in improving birth, diet, health, and developmental outcomes. By streamlining enrollment and improving services, states can make it easier for families to enroll and stay enrolled as their children grow.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 5:00pm

These past two weeks at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, poverty and inequality, housing, health, Social Security, federal tax, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Rental Assistance Cuts Homelessness and Poverty, But Doesn’t Reach Most Who Need It

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 4:25pm

Federal rental assistance programs such as Housing Choice Vouchers and public housing provide major benefits to low-income families, our new analysis explains, but more than 3 in 4 families that ne

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SSA Should Resume Mailing Statements to Almost All Workers

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 4:20pm

A bipartisan bill from Reps. John Larson and Vern Buchanan and Senators Ron Wyden and Bill Cassidy would clarify that the Social Security Administration (SSA) must mail statements to almost all workers.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

House Medicare Bills Would Better Protect Low-Income Beneficiaries

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 3:25pm

The House will soon consider legislation to use prescription drug savings to reduce health costs for low-income Medicare beneficiaries and improve Medicare benefits overall. As this legislation moves forward, it’s important that Congress retain these low-income protections.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Research Shows Rental Assistance Reduces Hardship and Provides Platform to Expand Opportunity for Low-Income Families

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:00am

Federal rental assistance can substantially improve adults’ health and children’s chances for long-term success, but millions that need it don’t receive it due to funding limitations.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty


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