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August 26, 2016 at 2:15 PM
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This week at CBPP we focused on family income support, state budgets and taxes, health care, food assistance, and Social Security.

  • On family income support, Ife Floyd illustrated how dramatically the cash assistance safety net has shrunk under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and she reported that Louisiana spends just 11 percent of its state and federal TANF dollars on the core welfare reform areas of basic assistance, work-related activities, and child care assistance.  Danilo Trisi noted that the poorest children in single-mother families grew poorer in the first decade under the 1996 welfare law, due to large drop in cash assistance through TANF.
  • On health care, Judy Solomon explained why Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver proposal would lead to tens of thousands of people becoming uninsured.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman outlined the funding challenges facing K-12 schools as they begin a new school year.
  • On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings analyzed new projections showing SNAP spending will fall faster than it previously expected.
  • On Social Security, we updated our chart book on Social Security Disability Insurance, which provides modest but vital benefits to workers who can no longer support themselves on account of a serious and long-lasting medical impairment. 

Chart of the Week: Cash Assistance Safety Net Has Shrunk Dramatically Under TANF

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

How US welfare compares around the globe
BBC
August 26, 2016

Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore
FiveThirtyEight
August 25, 2016

Insurers Must Recalibrate Premiums and Costs
New York Times
August 24, 2016

Happy birthday, welfare reform
Washington Post
August 21, 2016

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