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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Health Reform

Hatch-Upton CHIP Proposal Moves Backward on Children’s Health Coverage

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton have unveiled draft legislation to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), proposing a series of major changes to CHIP that would likely cause substantial numbers of low- and moderate-income children on CHIP today to become uninsured or to lose access to needed care. Their proposal would:

  • likely cause some children on CHIP to become uninsured or face higher out-of-pocket costs;
  • shift significant costs to states by restricting federal CHIP funding;
  • eliminate tools and federal financial support that help states enroll more eligible children;
  • make CHIP more complicated and harder to enroll in;
  • place states at greater risk of federal funding shortfalls under CHIP. 

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The President's Budget

Greenstein: President’s Budget Would Expand Opportunity, Help Middle- and Low-Income Families

President Obama is proposing a surprisingly ambitious budget that would make progress — in some cases modest, in others large — in various areas in which policy sclerosis has prevented the nation from addressing significant problems. 

It would expand opportunity, especially for children; reform various programs and tax incentives to make them more effective; and help large numbers of middle- and low-income families while scaling back inefficient tax shelters that mainly benefit those at the top. Read more

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