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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health reform, state budgets and taxes, the federal budget and taxes, and the safety net.
  • On health reform, Edwin Park highlighted new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates showing that health reform’s Medicaid expansion is an even better deal for states than previously thought.  He also debunked an exaggerated claim regarding the impact of health reform’s Medicare Advantage savings on enrollees.  Judy Solomon explained that scare tactics shouldn’t dissuade states from expanding Medicaid.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol listed three ways that states can improve their “rainy day” reserve funds.  Nicholas Johnson explained why Illinois should move away from a single-rate income tax.  Michael Leachman rebutted criticism of our analysis of Kansas’ tax cuts.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Paul Van de Water explained why adopting so-called “fair-value accounting” for the student loan program would be a mistake.
  • On the safety net, Arloc Sherman highlighted CBPP’s contribution to a new book on improving the lives of America’s children.
In other news, we issued a paper on CBO’s new estimates on the Medicaid expansion and updated our paper correcting seven myths about Medicaid. CBPP’s Chart of the Week:
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A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights: Forecast Cut on Spending for Health New York Times April 23, 2014 Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion just got cheaper for states Vox April 23, 2014 Creating good jobs requires a good jobs agenda The Hill April 23, 2014 CBO: Medicaid even better deal for states than originally predicted Daily Kos April 22, 2014 Medicaid Expansion Cheaper Than Expected: CBO Fiscal Times April 22, 2014 Chart of the Day: Another look at our nation's stark income growth disparity Daily Kos April 21, 2014