This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the safety net, health reform, the economy, and Social Security.
On the safety net, Dottie Rosenbaum warned that the November 1 cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) resulting from the end of the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost will hit all SNAP recipients, including children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Liz Schott pointed out that these SNAP cuts will hit many of the same struggling families who are seeing their cash benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program erode over time. Ife Floyd detailed how TANF cash assistance benefits for the nation’s poorest families fell again in purchasing power in 2013.
On health reform, Judy Solomon noted that hundreds of thousands of currently uninsured adults could gain coverage as more states look to expand Medicaid under health reform. Paul Van de Water cautioned that raising the threshold for full-time work under health reform from 30 to 40 hours a week would make a shift to part-time work more likely.
On the economy, Chad Stone explained that the September jobs report shows that the labor market recovery remains disappointingly slow.
On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing noted that Social Security lifted 22 million people out of poverty in 2012.