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January 19, 2018

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

On health, Judy Solomon detailed how the Kentucky Medicaid waiver allowing the state to impose work requirements and deviate from other...
Kentucky Projects Large and Growing Health Coverage Losses From Waiver
January 17, 2018

There’s a widespread misunderstanding about when President Trump’s withdrawal of DACA status for young immigrants will put them at risk of deportation. Even some key policymakers assume that nothing bad will happen until March 5, and, thus, there’s no pressing need for policymakers to act before then. But that’s not the case, and policymakers should act expeditiously to protect these...

January 17, 2018

Lawmakers are continuing to negotiate a two-year deal to raise federal spending caps, setting the stage for 2018 funding legislation that would include the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  In such legislation, Congress should include the funds to strengthen HUD’s...

Money House #2
January 17, 2018

The four-week federal funding bill that the House will consider tomorrow would temporarily suspend or delay three health-related taxes: the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the fee on health insurance providers (also known as the health insurance tax), and the excise tax on high-cost health...

Medical Device
January 17, 2018

SNAP (formerly food stamps) is associated with better health and lower health care costs, according to a growing body of evidence that we summarize in a new paper. As Congress and the White House prepare to reauthorize SNAP in this year’s farm bill, it’s a useful...

SNAP Linked to Better Health, Lower Care Costs
January 16, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved a waiver that will let Kentucky make harmful changes to its Medicaid program for adults, including imposing a work requirement, as we explain in a new paper. The state doesn’t need a waiver to help low-income Kentuckians improve...

Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Helping Low-Income People in Kentucky
January 12, 2018

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

On health, Hannah Katch warned that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ decision to let states impose work requirements in Medicaid would harm the...

Most Adults With Medicaid Work - And Those Who Don't Mainly Are Ill or Disabled, Caring for Family, or Going to School
January 12, 2018

SNAP (formerly food stamps) helped millions put food on the table in the months after the fall hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show. Some 3.6 million people received temporary disaster SNAP benefits in October alone. That’s a reminder of how many...

January 11, 2018

Washington State is about to implement its Medicaid waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand services that help beneficiaries with significant physical or behavioral health conditions gain access to housing and employment. That waiver is a positive step forward because it will support work by giving Medicaid beneficiaries more tools to secure...

Nurse and Patient
January 11, 2018

CMS’ new guidance doesn’t provide a convincing rationale for the policy reversal, which could threaten Medicaid coverage for many adults and actually make it harder for some adults to succeed in the labor market due to their loss of health coverage.

In Focus: Most Adults With Medicaid Work - And Those Who Don't Mainly Are Ill or Disabled, Caring for Family, or Going to School