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Policy Futures focuses on medium- and long-term policy challenges, particularly the link between budget choices and the need to boost economic security and opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

It expands the Center’s capacity to help reduce poverty, narrow inequality, increase opportunity, and bolster the economy through effective, fiscally sustainable policies.

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The State Priorities Partnership is a network of more than 40 independent, nonprofit research and policy organizations that use evidence and analysis to advance policies that give more people the opportunity to prosper.

They do this by equipping lawmakers, journalists, advocacy organizations, nonprofit service providers, and the public with unassailable information that helps children get a quality education, families get medical care, and working people get the assistance they need to build a better life.

The Center coordinates the State Priorities Partnership.

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For more than 25 years, the EITC Outreach Campaign, which includes community organizations, employers, social service programs, and government agencies, has promoted the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and free tax filing assistance for lower- and moderate-income workers.

Each year millions of eligible workers risk missing out on these important federal tax benefits because they do not know they qualify, do not know how to claim the credits, or do not know where to find free tax filing assistance. Outreach efforts can help ensure that eligible workers can receive the tax credits they’ve earned.

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For most of the last few decades, the U.S. labor market has operated with considerable slack.  Periods of full employment have been the exception, not the rule.

In response, Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow and former chief economic advisor to Vice President Biden, and the Center have begun a multiyear project to focus greater attention on the goal of reaching full employment and develop policy ideas to achieve this critical goal.

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Health Reform: Beyond the Basics provides training and resources that explain health coverage available through Medicaid, CHIP, and the Marketplaces created in the Affordable Care Act.  It provides detailed information on eligibility for these programs and how people can enroll aimed at navigators, advocates, state and local officials and others who help consumers get and keep their health coverage.

The site also includes resources and training for volunteer tax preparers, which are designed to help them with the ACA-related components of tax returns.

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Connecting the Dots

CBPP’s Connecting the Dots project advances policies to improve health care delivery and other services for people with significant physical, mental, and substance use conditions, including many individuals who are reentering the community from the criminal justice system. In addition to health care, these individuals, often need affordable housing linked to support services, and the systems offering these services need to be well-coordinated. Better coordination can not only improve lives but can save money.

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The DC Fiscal Policy Institute conducts research and public education on budget and tax issues in the District of Columbia, with a particular emphasis on issues that affect low- and moderate-income residents. By preparing timely analyses that are used by policy makers, the media, and the public, DCFPI seeks to inform public debates on budget and tax issues and to ensure that the needs of lower-income residents are considered in those debates.

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