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September 19, 2018

As the House and Senate negotiate a final package to help communities respond to the opioid epidemic, they should adopt a provision in the Senate package that provides new funding for housing assistance for people in recovery from a substance use disorder. The House version provides for recovery housing, but only by diverting needed funds away from low-income households that are using Housing...

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September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018: We’ve updated this post to note that the National Bureau of Economic Research published Thomas DeLeire’s study as a working paper.

Tennessee’s decision of 2005 to end Medicaid for nearly 200,000 low-income adults raised the number without health insurance, reduced the likelihood that they would visit a doctor or dentist, and did not increase...

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September 14, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, health, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, housing, and the economy.

On poverty and inequality, Robert Greenstein released a statement...
September 14, 2018

After several years of lower poverty rates, higher income, and broader health coverage, gains slowed — and in some cases stalled — in the states in 2017, new Census data show. For example, fewer states reduced their share of people below the federal poverty line (about $25,000 for a family of four), according to...

Child Poverty Fell in Fewer States in 2017 Than 2016
September 14, 2018

State and federal policymakers are considering — and in the case of Arkansas with Medicaid, implementing — proposals to take basic assistance like health coverage and...

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September 13, 2018

Renters’ incomes still lag far behind housing costs, the latest Census data show. In 2017, the typical renter household earned $38,900, the same as 16 years ago after adjusting for inflation. Median housing costs rose 10.7 percent in inflation-adjusted terms over that period. (See graph.)...

Renters' Incomes Haven't Caught Up With Housing Costs
September 13, 2018

The benefits from the nation’s continuing economic recovery haven’t been shared equally across racial and ethnic groups, and even the gains that we’ve seen are slowing, new Census Bureau data show. That heightens the need for states to advance policies that can tear down racial and ethnic barriers to economic opportunity.

Building strong, thriving state economies and communities...

Family of Three
September 13, 2018

Over 4,300 Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries lost their coverage on September 1, likely becoming uninsured, because they didn’t report at least 80 hours of work or work-related activities for June, July, and August, the state...

Very Few Arkansas Medicaid Beneficiaries Met Reporting Requirements in Third Month of Work Requirement
September 13, 2018

Low-income families often must navigate a time-consuming, multi-step process to get and keep the benefits they need, which is why the Integrated Benefits Initiative is partnering with government agencies around the country as they work to modernize and improve eligibility systems and processes for the vulnerable individuals they serve. The initiative brings together technology, design, and...

Integrated Benefits Pilot States
September 13, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday which groups will receive navigator funds in the 34 states where the federal government runs the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. But the Trump Administration’s sharp cuts in overall navigator...

Trump Administration Has Cut NavigatorFunding by Over 80 Percent Since 2016