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States Improving Tax Credits for Working Families

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 1:46pm

Six of the 29 states (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) with Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) are expanding them this year, which will help low-paid workers and their families meet basic needs.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

States Expanding Opportunity Through Wealth Taxes

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:12pm

States from Hawaii to Connecticut responded to extreme wealth concentration this year by expanding taxes on the assets of the very wealthy — such as stocks, bonds, real estate, boats, and jewelry — while closing loopholes and ending other special tax benefits that shield many of these assets from state and local taxes.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

NH Medicaid Work Requirement Suspension Confirms: Policy Can’t Be Fixed

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 9:54am

New Hampshire has suspended a policy to take Medicaid coverage away from people not meeting work requirements, recognizing that it was on pace for large coverage losses — potentially almost 20,000 people in August.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Would Benefit 8 Million Black Households

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 3:01pm

The recently introduced Kildee-Evans bill would boost the incomes of an estimated 8 million Black households.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Would Benefit 9 Million Latino Households

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 2:50pm

The recently introduced Kildee-Evans bill would boost the incomes of an estimated 9 million Latino households.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Striking Down ACA Would Weaken Medicare

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:57am

Medicare beneficiaries, providers, and plans could face severe harm if the federal courts allow a district court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to stand. As we noted earlier today, a federal court of appeals will hear oral arguments tomorrow on whether to uphold the decision.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Important Medicaid Initiatives Would End if Decision Overturning ACA Stands

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:14am

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments tomorrow on whether a district court decision striking down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) should stand.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

Trump’s Health Care Plan Would Do Much the Same Damage as His Effort to Repeal the ACA Through the Courts

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 10:12am

A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in Texas v. Azar, the lawsuit in which the Trump Administration and 20 Republican attorneys general are asking the courts to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the courts ultimately adopt the Administration’s position, 20 million people would lose health coverage, and millions more would pay more for coverage or care.

Categories: Benefits, Poverty

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