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February 17, 2017

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, poverty and inequality, state budgets and taxes, and food assistance.

On health care, Jacob Leibenluft, Edwin Park, Judy Solomon, and Aviva Aron-Dine explained that House Republicans’ new

Whites Without College Degree Are Largest Group of Working-Age Adults Lifted Above Poverty Line by Safety Net
February 17, 2017

“Women should be able to make the decisions that work best for them,” including whether their health coverage should include maternity benefits, says Seema Verma, President Trump’s nominee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). But making it optional...

Mother Hugging Baby
February 16, 2017

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate remains in force, so taxpayers “should file their tax returns as they normally would,” the IRS reminded taxpayers yesterday. Specifically, they should continue to indicate on their tax return whether they were insured last year or exempt from the...

1040 Tax Form
February 16, 2017

Some consumers may wonder whether to take steps to get and keep health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), given continual news about Republican plans to repeal the ACA, but the clear answer is, yes, take action. These plans provide access to medical care that includes free preventive services. Otherwise, individuals and families can find themselves uninsured and exposed to financial...

Health Reform - Health Form and Stethoscope
February 16, 2017

Michigan lawmakers are seriously considering bills to start phasing out the state’s income tax sooner than scheduled under current law. Both proposals would likely force some combination of deep cuts in critical services like education, health care, and infrastructure and increases in sales and other regressive taxes. And, just as Kansas learned from its disastrous “experiment,” cutting...

After Tax Cuts, Kansas' Economy Underperforming U.S.
February 16, 2017

With the potential this year for substantial cuts in poverty reduction programs and the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) repeal, people without a bachelor’s...

Whites Without College Degree Are Largest Group of Working-Age Adults Lifted Above Poverty Line by Safety Net
February 15, 2017

The Trump Administration proposed a sweeping rule for the individual health insurance market today that would raise consumers’ deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs, reduce premium tax credits that help millions of people buy insurance, and make it harder to enroll in...

February 15, 2017

Arizona will soon send a proposal to the federal government to place a five-year lifetime limit on Medicaid coverage for adults under 65 who don’t have a disability. The government should reject the proposed time limit, which would lead to coverage losses and increase hardship among Arizona’s...

Doctor and Patient
February 14, 2017

Energy-producing states that rely heavily on volatile energy-related tax revenues offer a cautionary tale for other states, our new report shows. The short-sighted fiscal actions that energy-producing states took — and things they didn’t do — show how...

Dollars Spent on Tax Cuts Would Help Plug Budget Holes
February 13, 2017

In its latest projections, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) continues to estimate that federal health spending — including the costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has enabled 20 million Americans to get coverage — will be less than what it had projected in 2010 without the ACA....

Projected Federal Health Spending Has Fallen Since January 2010 - Even With Affordable Care Act