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This week at CBPP, we focused on the safety net, health care, Social Security, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, housing, and the economy.

  • On the safety net, we partnered with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality to host a conversation with Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer about their new book, $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.  The event, which also included remarks by Senator Sherrod Brown and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecelia Munoz, can be viewed here.
  • On health care, Edwin Park highlighted our report clarifying that the House Republicans’ lawsuit on health reform’s cost-sharing subsidies doesn’t threaten the Affordable Care Act’s overall structure.  Shelby Gonzales described a new state option to help enroll SNAP participants in Medicaid that would cut red tape and boost Medicaid enrollment.  January Angeles warned that a House Medicaid bill would result in more uninsured low-income individuals and families.  Matt Broaddus and Edwin Park previewed next week’s Census figures on health coverage.
  • On Social Security, Kathleen Romig listed four reasons why a disability benefit offset for some beneficiaries who work could backfire.  Kathy Ruffing summarized what the 2015 trustees’ report says about the future of Social Security.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Arloc Sherman explained how House and Senate bills that would shortchange Census Bureau funding demonstrate the need for sequestration relief.  We updated our report showing that letting key provisions of working-family tax credits expire would push 16 million people into or deeper into poverty.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Erica Williams pointed to a new study finding that TABOR has had a serious impact on Colorado property taxpayers.
  • On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings illustrated new data that show millions of families and individuals continue to suffer from food insecurity.
  • On housing, Will Fischer explained why an expansion of the “Moving to Work” demonstration would harm the poorest families.
  • On the economy, Arloc Sherman previewed next week’s Census figures on poverty and income.  We updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

Chart of the Week: Proposal Would Cut Total Income for Some Disabled Workers

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

What It’s Like to Live on $2 a Day in the United States
Washington Post
September 11, 2015

Busting the Myths About Disability Fraud
New York Times
September 8, 2015

The best way to support low-wage workers: Save their tax credits
Daily Kos
September 7, 2015

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