This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health care, Social Security, housing, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.
On food assistance, Zoë Neuberger warned that a House proposal to convert the school lunch and breakfast programs into a capped block grant in up to three states would put children’s nutrition at risk. Brynne Keith-Jennings highlighted new data showing a decline in SNAP (food stamp) caseloads, especially in states newly imposing a three-month time limit on unemployed childless adults without disabilities.
On health care, Hannah Katch explained that a House GOP proposal to allow states to impose work requirements in Medicaid would likely increase the number of poor people who are uninsured without significantly boosting employment. Shelby Gonzales cited a Louisiana initiative to streamline Medicaid enrollment for SNAP recipients as a model for other states.
On Social Security, Kathleen Romig analyzed the 2016 Social Security trustees’ report. Kathy Ruffing noted a new study finding that even Disability Insurance beneficiaries whose benefits stop because their medical condition has improved generally have little capacity for substantial and sustained work.
On housing, Barbara Sard praised congressional passage of a bill that will improve federal rental assistance programs while retaining the core characteristics that make them effective.
On state budgets and taxes, Erica Williams listed five steps that states can take to build future economic opportunity.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.