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April 29, 2016

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

On food assistance, Zoë Neuberger discussed how a House bill...
Costs of Tax Cuts for Millionaires Under Trump and Cruz Plans vs. Other Policy Alternatives
April 29, 2016

“Alleviating food insecurity is not only a moral imperative; it also makes good economic sense,” former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Hamilton Project Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach explained this week in the Wall Street Journal.  I couldn’t agree more.

Nearly one in five U.S....

April 29, 2016

As people leave jail or prison, they need health coverage — and many are eligible for Medicaid.  Uninterrupted access to health care can reduce their risk of recidivism and improve their job and housing prospects and family support.  With the Justice Department declaring this week...

April 28, 2016

Expanding Medicaid to low-income adults under health reform improves the financial well-being of those newly eligible for Medicaid, a recent analysis published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds.  Adults in the geographic areas within expansion states with the largest share of low-income, uninsured individuals have fewer...

April 28, 2016

At a time of exceptionally wide income inequality, the tax-cut proposals from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz would produce extremely large and unprecedented windfalls for people with at least $1 million a year in income, almost certainly at the expense of low- and middle-income households — to the tune of trillions of dollars — if budget cuts to pay for the tax cuts are taken into account, as we...

Tax Cuts Under Trump and Cruz Would Disproportionately Benefit Millionaires
April 28, 2016

Ever since health reform (the Affordable Care Act or ACA) became law in 2010, some state officials and policy experts have continued suggesting that its “state innovation waivers” will let states make sweeping changes to health reform and Medicaid beginning in 2017.  But let’s be clear: the law...

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April 27, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its first significant update to the federal rule governing Medicaid managed care in more than a decade and, when fully implemented, it could substantially improve quality and Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to timely care.


April 27, 2016

A bill recently introduced in the House severely restricting the community eligibility option, which allows high-poverty schools to provide breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students, could force 7,000 schools across the country to reinstate applications and...

Click to see a list of schools at risk of losing community eligibility under H.R. 5003
April 27, 2016

The 2017 defense authorization bill would shift $18 billion from overseas contingency operations (OCO) to the core defense budget, starting a two-step process that would breach the defense funding limits of last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act.

April 26, 2016

Virginia’s recently enacted 2017 budget creates a unit within the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to track the cost and effectiveness of tax incentives designed to promote economic development.  That’s a positive step:  our 2014 report ...