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July 2, 2015

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

On health care, we celebrated the approaching 50th anniversary of Medicaid with a report answering some of the most frequently asked questions about the program. Matt...
Greater Drop in Uninsured Rate Among Adults in Expansion States
July 2, 2015

Health reform's Medicaid expansion has made affordable and comprehensive health coverage available for the first time to millions of low-income adults, a group that previously lacked options for public or private coverage.

In Focus: Greater Drop in Uninsured Rate Among Adults in Medicaid Expansion States
July 1, 2015

Tomorrow's monthly jobs report will likely show that private employers added jobs in June for the 64th straight month (see chart) but that unemployment remains above 5 percent, its rate at the December 2007 start of the Great Recession. Here are some key facts to put the headline numbers in perspective.


Private Payrolls Have Grown Every Month for 63 Straight Months
July 1, 2015

At a recent House subcommittee hearing, Illinois Policy Institute Senior Fellow Erik Randolph asserted that...

Voucher Assistance Phases Out Gradually as Income Rises
June 30, 2015

As states consider whether to adopt health reform's Medicaid expansion and some federal policymakers promote radical structural changes to the program, such as converting it to a block grant or imposing a cap on federal funding, they should understand some vital facts about it.

Here are three:...

June 30, 2015

About 2 million veteran and military households earn the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or low-income component of the Child Tax Credit (CTC), two tax credits for low- and moderate-income working households. But as we detail in a new paper, about half of these families...

Solider and Daughter
June 30, 2015

After reviewing more than 200 scholarly papers on the minimum wage for their book What Does the Minimum Wage Do?, Dale Belman and Paul J. Wolfson have found that it does pretty much what policymakers intended it to.

Their conclusions, in a nutshell:


Jobs and Wages - factory worker
June 30, 2015

At the Washington Post's "Post Everything" blog, CBPP Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein explains why the President's change in the eligibility rules for overtime pay could help millions of workers. Here are some excerpts:...

Factory Worker With Clipboard
June 29, 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill funding the Department of Housing and Urban Development includes a vast, ill-conceived expansion of the Moving to Work deregulation demonstration.

In Focus: "Moving to Work" Agencies Use Smaller Share of Vouchers Than Other Agencies
June 29, 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved bill funding the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows the harsh consequences for low-income families of Congress' failure to loosen the...

Renters' Credit - appt