Health Reform

Republican Senators’ “Plan” for Health Subsidies Lacks Substance

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Senators Lamar Alexander, Orrin Hatch and John Barrasso claim to have a plan if the Supreme Court decides that health reform subsidies are no longer available to people buying coverage through federal marketplaces.

Their “plan,” however, is extremely vague — perhaps intentionally so, because the details would likely show that it would make coverage less affordable for marketplace enrollees, particularly those who are older or in poorer health, and threaten the stability of the overall individual health insurance market. Read More

 

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Food Assistance

Greenstein Testifies on SNAP Before House Agriculture Committee

SNAP has played a central role in largely eliminating severe hunger and malnutrition in the United States. At the end of 2014, SNAP was helping more than 46 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet.

Eligible people who apply can receive benefits, and when poverty and need increase, the program expands. Then when the economy grows robustly again, the program contracts. This enables SNAP to respond quickly and effectively during times of economic downturn and increased need. Read more

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