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This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, family income support, housing, and the economy. 

  • On health care, Paul Van de Water explained that health reform has improved Medicare’s financing and noted that Medicare has outperformed private health insurance in holding down health care cost growth.  Judith Solomon highlighted Medicaid’s transformational role in providing health care.
  • On family income support, Ife Floyd pointed to our new series of maps that illustrates the decline of the cash assistance safety net provided by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available in every state.

With Congress on recess, Off the Charts will be slowing down for the next few weeks.  We’ll be back on our regular schedule after Congress returns.

Chart of the Week: Medicare Spending per Beneficiary Has Grown More Slowly Than Private Insurance

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

After 20 Years, TANF Provides Little to Poor Families
Huffington Post
July 20, 2016

Why the Sharp Decline in the Number of Food Stamp Recipients Isn’t Necessarily a Good Thing
The Atlantic
July 18, 2016

An expert on fighting poverty makes the case against a universal basic income
July 16, 2016

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