This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes and health.
On the federal budget and taxes, we described ten serious flaws that the House and Senate budget plans share. David Reich reviewed the House Appropriations Committee allocations of 2016 funding. Douglas Rice discussed why the committee’s allocation for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development will fall far short of what's needed to maintain rental assistance for current recipients. Paul Van de Water outlined why Congress shouldn’t repeal the excise tax on medical devices.
On health, Jessica Schubel explained how states have flexibility to implement strategies under Medicaid that help lower spending and improve beneficiaries’ health.