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October 27, 2016

Coordinated care — where patients get help navigating the health system to get the care they need — may be key to reducing emergency room visits by Medicaid patients and cutting state costs, evidence from Oregon and other states shows.

When a recent Oregon study found that people...

October 27, 2016

The nation’s uninsured rate among children fell by a third (from 7.1 percent to 4.8 percent) from 2013 to 2015 as health reform’s major coverage provisions took effect, Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families’ annual report on children’s health coverage finds (see chart). That’s the largest two-year drop in the uninsured rate among children on record, driven by continued...

Children's Uninsured Rate Hits Another Historic Low
October 26, 2016

State cuts in K-12 funding over the past decade, which we outline in our new report, haven’t just affected schools’ operating funding for things like teacher salaries and textbooks.  Capital spending — to build new schools, renovate and expand facilities, and...

Capital Spending for K-12 Schools Dropping
October 25, 2016

Social Security lifted 22 million people out of poverty last year, our new analysis of Census data finds.  Social Security’s anti-poverty effect extends to...

Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors
October 25, 2016

Many states have pursued education reforms to improve teacher quality, better prepare young children for school, and turn around the lowest-achieving schools, among other goals.  The widespread cuts in state K-12 spending we’ve documented in our new report can...

K-12 Education Jobs Have Fallen as Enrollment Has Grown
October 24, 2016

The widespread drop in state support for schools over the past decade — which we’ve documented in our new report — reflects outside factors, such as weak revenues and rising costs, as well as state policy choices, such as relying on spending cuts to close...

Five of Eight States With Deepest K-12 Cuts Also Cut Income Taxes
October 21, 2016

This week at CBPP, we focused on state budgets and taxes, the federal budget and taxes, the safety net, health care, Social Security, and the economy.                               

On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman, Kathleen Masterson, and Marlana Wallace...
Total State K-12 Funding Below 2008 Levels in Most States
October 21, 2016

Better funding for schools leads to better long-term outcomes for students, a careful study concludes.  That’s a timely and important message.  As our new report shows,...

School Funding Increases Lead to Big Gains for Poor Kids
October 20, 2016

At least 23 states will provide less “general” or “formula” funding — the main form of state support for elementary and secondary schools — in the current school year (2017) than when the Great Recession took hold in 2008, our newly updated survey of state...

October 19, 2016

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) together lifted 9.8 million Americans out of poverty last year and made 22.0 million others less poor, CBPP analysis of new Census data shows.  The data allow us to measure of the impact of the entire credits — including both the refundable and non-refundable pieces of the CTC, in addition to the EITC....

Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Have Powerful Antipoverty Impact