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April 19, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.

On health, Hannah Katch, Tara Straw, Jessica Schubel, Matt Broaddus, and Shelby Gonzales reviewed the health proposals in the President’s...
Trump 2020 Budget Proposes Deep and Growing Cuts to Medicaid and ACA Marketplace Subsidies
April 16, 2019

New Mexico policymakers are strengthening communities and families with their new budget and tax plans. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed tax reforms into law last week that reduce tax breaks for multistate corporations and the wealthiest New Mexicans, boost incomes for 200,000 low-income households, and reduce the state’s overreliance on volatile oil revenues. Policymakers paired the tax...

Higher Income for Poor Children Expected to Boost Work and Earnings Later in Life
April 15, 2019

In case the Supreme Court declares the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional in Texas v. Azar, 18 Senate Republicans are backing “The Protect Act,” which they say would “ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions will have access to health care that covers their pre-existing conditions.” But the...

Gavel and stethoscope
April 15, 2019

Although the President and Congress have funded modest increases in rental assistance for special populations in recent years — such as vouchers for veterans experiencing homelessness and adults with disabilities —...

Condominiums
April 15, 2019

A new bill from Senators Michael Bennet and Tim Kaine would leverage Medicare’s provider network and payment rates to create a lower-cost public health insurance plan (i.e., a “public option”) in the individual and small-group markets, and use the resulting federal savings to expand premium tax credits to help people afford coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. Called the...

Stethoscope on money
April 12, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on policies taking public benefits away for not meeting work requirements, health, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, the federal budget, and the economy.

We highlighted a report that cites behavioral science showing why taking public

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Incomes Have Stagnated for Working Class But Risen for More Educated
April 12, 2019

As people rush to file their income tax returns by Tax Day (April 15), a few reminders: First, as the Brookings Institution’s Vanessa Williamson explained: “Residents of the United States are unusually likely [compared to other countries] to see chipping in their share as a civic duty, a...

Most of Budget Goes Toward Defense, Social Security, and Major Health Programs
April 12, 2019

Despite tax law changes and new tax forms — which require intensive new training — volunteers at free tax preparation sites continued helping millions of Americans file their taxes this year.

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the...

1040 and Schedule A
April 12, 2019

Some seemingly contradictory information is circulating about how the House Budget Committee (HBC)-approved bill to avert the deep sequestration budget cuts scheduled for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 would affect defense funding. That’s largely because there are different ways to measure the bill’s changes in overall funding for both defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs.

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April 10, 2019

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly should veto a bill that would let the state’s Farm Bureau sell unregulated health plans to Kansans. That’s because the plans would likely deny coverage and charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing health conditions, omit essential benefits such as maternity care, and impose annual or...

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