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July 22, 2016

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, family income support, housing, and the economy. 

On health care, Paul Van de Water explained that health reform has improved Medicare’s financing and noted that...
July 21, 2016

Medicare has been the leader in reforming the health care payment system to improve efficiency and has outperformed private health insurance in holding down the growth of health costs, as we note in our newly updated report on Medicare’s finances.  Since 1987, Medicare spending per enrollee has grown by 5.7 percent a...

Medicare Spending per Beneficiary Has Grown More Slowly Than Private Insurance
July 20, 2016

Twenty years after Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ (TANF) inception, few poor families actually receive cash assistance under it and, for those who do, state benefit levels are...

After 20 Years, TANF Provides a Weaker Safety Net for Poor Families
July 19, 2016

Medicaid is in the news, with Louisiana this month becoming the latest state to implement health reform’s Medicaid expansion even as, in Washington, House Republican leaders propose ...

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July 15, 2016

With Congress on recess, Off the Charts will be slowing down for the next few weeks, so you might not hear from us every day.  But we’ll be back on our regular schedule after Congress returns.

July 15, 2016

This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health care, Social Security, housing, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.

On food assistance, Zoë Neuberger warned that a House proposal to convert the school lunch and breakfast...
Bigger SNAP Declines in States Newly Imposing Time Limits
July 15, 2016

Following a unanimous House vote earlier this year, the Senate unanimously approved housing reform legislation last night that will provide important benefits to low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities.  The President is expected to sign the bill — H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through...

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July 15, 2016

The health care plan from House Republican leaders would prompt cuts in Medicaid eligibility and benefits that would grow over time.  The plan also would let states impose...

July 14, 2016

Most Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries whose benefits stop because their medical condition has improved have little capacity for substantial and sustained work, a new study finds.  It’s further...

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July 13, 2016

SNAP (food stamp) caseloads fell sharply in April, especially in states reinstating a three-month time limit for unemployed childless adults without disabilities.

In Focus: Bigger SNAP Declines in States Newly Imposing Time Limits

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