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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

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

Cashier in Grocery Store
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
September 12, 2018

The share of Americans without health insurance remained at a historic low in 2017 and unchanged from 2016, the Census Bureau’s new Current Population Survey (CPS) data show. The year 2017 marked the fourth full year of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions, but the first of...

In Focus: Uninsured Rate Gap Between Medicaid Expansion States and Others Widening
September 12, 2018

States that have adopted the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion had a much lower uninsured rate in 2017 than states that haven’t, and the gap continues to widen, new Census data show.

The ACA’s Medicaid expansion lets states provide coverage to all non-elderly adults with...

In Focus: Federal Low-Income Programs Lift Millions Out of Poverty
September 12, 2018

The House is expected to vote on a bill this week that would weaken the requirement that employers offer health insurance, raising the number of uninsured and adding $58 billion to deficits over the...

Health and Money
September 6, 2018

A growing number of low-income families and children are going without nutrition and health services due to immigration-related fears, health providers are warning, with potential immediate and long-term impacts on children’s health.

Agencies overseeing the WIC nutrition program for low-income women, infants, and...

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