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February 15, 2019

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

On health, Aviva Aron-Dine clarified that a recent Congressional Budget Office report confirms that the Trump Administration’s short-term health plans rule means a return to pre

Medicaid Expansion Enrollees Report Coverage Helps Them Work and Look for Work
February 15, 2019

The 2019 government funding bill that President Trump signed into law today sustains most of the substantial funding increases of 2018 for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, and it includes funding to further expand the number of new housing vouchers and other rental assistance. Building on the strong 2018 funding, Congress again rejected the President’s...

Money House
February 15, 2019

The 2019 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) includes funds for an important initiative, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) mobility demonstration. As we’ve written, the HCV program...

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February 14, 2019

Utah policymakers this week enacted Senate Bill 96, repealing a voter-backed ballot initiative (Proposition 3) to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide health coverage to 150,000 Utahns. In its place, the state will pursue a series of...

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February 13, 2019

Ahead of today’s House subcommittee hearing on bills to “reverse ACA sabotage and ensure pre-existing conditions protections,” here are our recent pieces on some of the major issues involved.

Expanding Skimpy Short-Term...

February 12, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will consider legislation tomorrow to curb so-called “short-term” health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) consumer protections. Some argue, wrongly, that these plans are...

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February 8, 2019

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

On food assistance, Javier Balmaceda cautioned that without immediate federal action, 1.4 million Puerto Rican residents

Health Care Spending Growth Has Slowed Since 2010
February 7, 2019

With the 2019 legislative season starting in most states, some states are discussing whether to raise personal income tax rates on their highest-income households (sometimes called a “millionaires’ tax”) to help fund schools, infrastructure, and other public investments. Our...

Most States That Raised Taxes Had Growth Roughly Equaling or Exceeding Neighbors
February 6, 2019

Since the Trump Administration issued new rules last year expanding short-term health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) protections for people with pre-existing conditions and benefit standards, nearly a dozen states have set their own limits and...

State Limitations on the Duration of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans, February 2019
February 5, 2019

Some 1.4 million Puerto Rico residents will face deep cuts in food assistance or lose it entirely in March unless President Trump and Congress provide more funding for the Commonwealth’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), which is Puerto Rico’s version of SNAP (food stamps). Policymakers can avert this “March cliff” by providing the needed funding in the disaster legislation they may consider...

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