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November 24, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed “Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely” (SUNSET) rule would cause most HHS regulations to automatically expire unless HHS conducts a time-consuming assessment and review of such regulations. If finalized, the proposal would divert...

Stethoscope, Flag, Pills
November 20, 2020

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

On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings discussed how cuts to Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program benefits risk food...
Black and Latino Households Likelier to Experience Food Insufficiency During Pandemic
November 19, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2020 Estimated Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rate — which measures “improper” payments in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — but policymakers...

November 18, 2020

As Thanksgiving approaches amidst a pandemic-driven economic crisis, just 44 percent of households with children are “very confident” that they can afford needed food over the next four weeks, according to new Census survey data — and about 10 percent, or 3.5 million households, are “not at all confident.” That uncertainty reflects widespread food hardship across the country, with 5.6 million...

November 17, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) basic household benefits have shrunk significantly over the last three months — as the Commonwealth depleted emergency federal funding — which may make it harder for many households to afford the food they need amid COVID-19 and...

Calculating Grocery Bills
November 13, 2020

Since the last time we rounded up our recent work at CBPP, we focused on health, the economy, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, poverty and inequality, and housing.

On health, we rounded up our recent writings on the many risks that a suit to repeal the Affordable Care...
Sharp Rise in Poverty Projected After Major CARES Act Relief Ends
November 12, 2020

The Agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 that the Senate Appropriations Committee released Tuesday includes substantially less funding for SNAP (food stamps) than the program is likely to need, because the bill’s funding level is based on outdated, pre-COVID-19 funding estimates. Traditionally,...

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November 10, 2020

The fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicates he’s now interested in a new COVID-19 relief package is welcome news, particularly if it leads to substantial new federal fiscal aid to help states, localities, tribal nations, and U.S. territories...

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November 10, 2020

Medicaid enrollment rose 10.9 percent from February to September in the 36 states for which we have data, as millions lost their jobs or suffered sharp income losses due to the COVID-19 recession. If we extrapolate these increases nationwide, it would mean about 7 million more people enrolled in Medicaid — and likely more, given continued increases in October in states with available data. The...

In Focus: Medicaid Enrollment Rising Steadily in COVID-19 Crisis
November 9, 2020

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are supporting a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the lawsuit were to succeed, more than 21 million people would lose health insurance, recent Urban Institute ...

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