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July 13, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, food assistance, the economy, family income support, federal taxes, state budgets, and housing.

On health, Hannah Katch explained that a recent decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...
Health Saving Accounts (HSAs) Mostly Benefit High-Income Taxpayers
July 13, 2018

The Trump Administration this week slashed funding for consumer enrollment assistance and outreach through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) navigator program. The funding cuts, and other changes to the program, will reduce access to crucial assistance that helps consumers...

Open Enrollment
July 13, 2018

Lawmakers in several states this spring put a college education within reach for students who are undocumented, boosting opportunity for striving young people and helping strengthen their economies over the long term. These actions show that even at a time of turmoil for federal immigration policy, states can take an inclusive approach that will benefit all residents.

For example, in...

States With Inclusive Higher Education Policies for Immigrants
July 12, 2018

House approval this week of a bill authorizing the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration marks an encouraging step toward helping more families with Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) live in communities with high-performing schools, safe neighborhoods, and jobs. The...

Housing - boxes
July 11, 2018

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rightly rejected a Massachusetts proposal to restrict Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to prescription drugs last month, it opened the door to much more radical, harmful changes to Medicaid prescription drug coverage.  Specifically, it suggested that states could submit proposals drastically limiting drug coverage provided they also...

Pills In Bill
July 11, 2018

The House Ways and Means Committee is marking up several bills this week that would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the allowable uses of these accounts, at a cost of $41 billion over ten years, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates.  As we’ve...

Health Saving Accounts (HSAs) Mostly Benefit High-Income Taxpayers
July 11, 2018

The House Ways and Means Committee will mark up a bill today to delay the excise tax on high-cost health plans (the so-called “Cadillac tax”) by another year, to 2023.  That would be unwise for two reasons: it would lose needed revenue, and it would set back efforts to slow the growth of health care costs.

The...

Form 1040 and Refund Check
June 29, 2018

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

On the federal budget, Robert Greenstein, Richard Kogan, and Emily Horton updated their analysis on...
House Budget Committee Budget Calls for Deep Cuts in Non-Defense Discretionary Spending
June 29, 2018

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) recent report on America’s economy echoes many of our criticisms of December’s tax law: it’s tilted to the top rather than the bottom, loses much-needed revenue, and creates a host of opportunities to game the tax code. To...

Form 1040 And Refund Check
June 29, 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee-approved 2019 budget for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would further weaken the agency’s ability to serve taxpayers and enforce the 2017 tax law. At $11.3 billion, the committee’s proposed level for the IRS is below the...

 IRS Funding Has Fallen Sharply, Is Targeted For Deeper Cuts In Senate Committee Bill

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