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Medicaid: Compliance With Eligibility Requirements

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 9:43am

Today’s hearing concerns eligibility errors in Medicaid, primarily whether people are being properly enrolled and whether they are remaining enrolled after they are no longer eligible. But we shouldn’t limit our definition of program integrity to the occurrence and likelihood of these types of errors.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

5 Good Reasons to Visit During Open Enrollment

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 1:17pm

During open enrollment, which runs from November 1 to December 15, consumers should take a close look at the benefits of signing up for health insurance on or their state-based marketplace. Here are five good reasons why:

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 3:26pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Rising Costs Making It Hard for Students, Particularly of Color, to Afford College

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 10:04am

While state disinvestment in public higher education has helped drive rising tuition across the country, as we explain in our new report, tuition is rarely the total price that college students face.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

State Higher Education Cuts Pushed Costs to Students, Worsened Inequality

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 8:15am

Deep state higher education funding cuts over the last decade helped drive rapid, significant tuition increases and pushed more of college costs to students, making it harder for them to enroll and graduate, as we explain in our new report. The cuts also worsened racial and class inequality, since rising tuition deters low-income students and students of color from college.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Wellness Programs Would Gut Protections for People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 2:52pm

The Trump Administration has invited states to set up so-called wellness programs, with individual-market insurers creating plans with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs for people who don’t meet certain health targets. Such programs would gut protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Arizona the Latest State to Reconsider Medicaid Work Requirements

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 1:17pm

Arizona is suspending its plan to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements, adding to the growing list of states making similar decisions. Other states with approved or pending work requirement waivers also should reconsider these harmful policies.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

GAO: Restrictive Medicaid Waivers Have Steep Administrative Costs

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 1:16pm

Medicaid waivers that take coverage away from people not meeting work requirements have steep administrative costs, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report notes. Nevertheless, the report adds, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — which approves such waivers — does not require states to include administrative cost estimates in waiver proposals, and it does not factor these costs into its own budget calculations.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Cassidy-Sinema “Paid Family Leave” Proposal Offers Loan, Not Leave

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 5:13pm

The bill offers a loan that families would have to repay, not a new benefit, and provides no new job protection for workers seeking to take time off.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

State Higher Education Funding Cuts Have Pushed Costs to Students, Worsened Inequality

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 9:50am

Deep state cuts in funding for higher education over the last decade have contributed to rapid, significant tuition increases and pushed more of the costs of college to students, making it harder for them to enroll and graduate.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Tax Fix for Restaurant, Retail Owners Shouldn’t Leave Out Millions of Their and Other Workers

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 4:59pm

Policymakers should accompany any provision to aid restaurant and retail owners with provisions to help millions of people who work hard for low pay in restaurants, retail stores, and elsewhere by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the low-income part of the Child Tax Credit.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 3:40pm

This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, full employment, and the economy.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump Administration’s Proposed Rule Would Perpetuate Racist and Discriminatory Housing Practices

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 2:09pm

A new proposed rule from the Trump Administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would make it significantly harder for families to fight housing policies and practices that restrict access to housing or perpetuate disparities for certain people.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Got Work? The Highly Responsive Labor Supply of Low-Income, Prime-Age Workers

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 4:16pm

Do low-wage workers respond to high-pressure labor markets by increasing their labor supply? What evidence is there that tight job markets pull in such workers? We find highly cyclical responses to both the extensive and intensive margins of labor supply for low-income, prime-age persons.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

In Case You Missed It...

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 2:05pm

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

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Expanding Family Tax Credits Would Boost Incomes of Millions of Latino Households

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:22am

Latino communities across America come together between mid-September and mid-October to celebrate their diverse cultures and share their traditions. But Hispanic Heritage Month also offers a chance to recognize that expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit could benefit millions of Latino families nationwide.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Latest Trump Move to Thwart Legal Immigration Undermines Health Coverage

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 4:52pm

A recent presidential proclamation will require certain people seeking to immigrate lawfully to the United States to prove they have health insurance, can quickly sign up for it, or can pay for any reasonably anticipated medical expenses.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Long-Term Budget Outlook Has Improved Substantially Since 2010 But Remains Challenging

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:05am

The nation’s projected long-term finances have notably improved, largely due to significant reductions in prospective health care cost growth and interest rates.

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Senate Committee Would Underfund Health, Job Training, Education Programs

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:23pm

The Senate Appropriations Committee proposes to cut 2020 funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education by $2.7 billion below the 2019 level in inflation-adjusted terms, even though the President and Congress agreed this summer to increase overall non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding for 2020.

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