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December 7, 2018

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

On health, Tara Straw explained that many Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace consumers are eligible for zero-premium coverage. Aviva Aron-Dine...
States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away from Institution-Based Services
December 6, 2018

The House Republican tax package making “technical corrections” to the 2017 tax law repeats one of the law’s fundamental flaws: cutting...

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December 5, 2018

More than ever, low- and moderate-income consumers can find good deals for health coverage — and may have their premiums covered entirely by tax credits — if they sign up before open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces ends on December 15. Marketplace premiums fell slightly overall for 2019, and many people can find affordable options with various levels of cost-sharing...

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December 3, 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma says the large Medicaid coverage losses under Arkansas’ waiver may not be translating into higher uninsured rates. Of the 12,277 Arkansans who have already lost their Medicaid for not...

In Focus: Expansion States’ Uninsured Rates Fell as Medicaid Coverage Rose
December 3, 2018

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) could lose their Medicaid eligibility and have to go into nursing homes to get needed care if Congress adjourns without extending “spousal impoverishment” protections that are set to expire on December 31.

Before 1988, married couples often faced significant hardship when one spouse needed care...

States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away from Institution-Based Services
December 3, 2018

With federal approval now in hand, New Hampshire appears poised to move forward with a new policy to take away Medicaid coverage from people not working or engaged in qualifying work activities for 100 hours per month — despite mounting evidence that it will lead thousands of residents to lose coverage, including working people and people with serious health needs.

On Friday, the...

November 30, 2018

In the last week-plus at CBPP, we focused on health, family income support, public benefit accessibility, federal taxes, housing, and the economy.

On health, Judith Solomon noted that the Trump Administration’s re-approval of...
TANF's Reach Declined Significantly Over Time
November 30, 2018

The uninsured rate among children rose in 2017 from 4.7 percent to 5 percent, a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families finds — the first increase since Georgetown began producing this annual report a decade ago (see chart)....

November 29, 2018

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is giving state and local housing agencies more funds to help them carry out a promising new policy to enable families with Housing Choice Vouchers to move to higher-...

Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) Enable Family Moves to Better Neighborhoods and Reduce Program Costs
November 29, 2018

Tax lawyers are developing complex strategies, and lobbying the IRS as it writes regulations for the 2017 tax law, to maximize the law’s “pass-through” deduction for their wealthy clients, and...

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