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July 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM
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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 Broaddus highlighted three vital facts from the report.  Jesse Cross-Call noted how Medicaid expansion has increased health coverage for low-income adults.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, our new report details how pro-work tax credits help 2 million veteran and military households.  Bryann DaSilva explained that half of these families will lose part or all of these tax credits if Congress doesn’t save key provisions of the credits set to expire at the end of 2017.  We also updated our state fact sheets on the credits (the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit). 
  • On the economy, we excerpted Jared Bernstein’s “Post Everything” blog for the Washington Post on how the President’s change in the eligibility rules for overtime pay could help millions of workers. Chad Stone previewed the June employment report and cited a recent award-winning study on the evidence of the minimum wage’s positive effects.
  • On food assistance, we updated our report on the implications of the Community Eligibility Provision for Title I schools. We published our searchable database of schools that qualify for community eligibility and Becca Segal noted that eligible schools have until August 31 to adopt the provision.
  • On housing, Barbara Sard outlined how Housing Choice Voucher assistance falls only gradually as household income rises.  Douglas Rice explained why the Moving to Work program should be reformed, not vastly expanded, and noted that Congress’ failure to loosen tight spending caps could force cuts in low-income housing assistance.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week: Greater Drop in Uninsured Rate Among Adults in Medicaid Expansion States

 

 

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

Pres. Obama’s ‘best week ever?’
MSNBC
June 30, 2015

President Obama raises the overtime salary threshold, reestablishing a key labor standard
Washington Post
June 29, 2015

Measuring the Success of Health Insurance Subsidies
New York Times
June 25, 2015

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