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September 13, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on the new Census data on poverty, incomes, and health coverage; federal taxes; Social Security; housing; and the economy.

On the new Census data, Robert Greenstein stressed that although progress on poverty...
Progress in Reducing Share of Americans Without Health Coverage Eroding
September 13, 2019

Many young people leaving foster care after they reach adulthood become homeless soon after losing the child welfare system’s support and, among those who do, more than half experience multiple episodes of...

September 10, 2019

The share of Americans without health insurance rose from 7.9 percent in 2017 to 8.5 percent in 2018, the Census Bureau’s new Current Population Survey (CPS) data show — the first increase since the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) drove historic coverage gains, particularly after its major coverage expansions took effect in 2014.

Additional new data from the Census Bureau’s American...

Progress in Reducing Share of Americans Without Health Coverage Eroding
September 10, 2019

Economic hardship would be far more pervasive without key anti-poverty programs, Census data released today show, with programs like SNAP (food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) keeping millions of people above the poverty line in 2018.

The Trump Administration has targeted a number of key assistance programs for...

In Focus: Key Federal Programs Lift Millions Out of Poverty
September 6, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, health, federal taxes, Social Security, and the economy.

On poverty and inequality, Arloc Sherman and Matt Broaddus outlined three things to look for in next week’s release of...
In Focus: Progress on Boosting Income, Reducing Poverty Has Slowed Since 2015
September 5, 2019

The start of a new school year is an appropriate time to highlight important legislation before Congress that would help give all children a chance to reach their potential.

The first few years of life are critical to brain development; growing up in...

Children using computers
September 4, 2019

Low-income Medicare beneficiaries deserve special attention as Congress considers legislation to make prescription drugs more affordable. Important steps include eliminating cost-sharing for generic drugs for low-income beneficiaries and increasing participation in the Part D low-income drug subsidy.

Medicare beneficiaries with incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level are...

Poor, Near-Poor Seniors Likelier to Not Take Medication as Prescribed to Save Money
August 30, 2019

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

On housing, Douglas Rice stressed that strengthening housing vouchers should be a priority in 2020...
21 States Plus DC Have Inclusive Higher Education Policies for Immigrants
August 28, 2019

As Labor Day approaches, now’s a good time to remember that most recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are workers who turn to TANF when the low-wage labor market fails them: they don’t get enough hours, they...

Warehouse worker
August 27, 2019

The Arizona Board of Regents voted to lower tuition for students who are undocumented, bringing the state one step closer to full tuition equity. Its action last week adds to a series of policy improvements this year in the states...

21 States Plus DC Have Inclusive Higher Education Policies for Immigrants