This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, poverty and inequality, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, family income support, and the economy.
On health care, Edwin Park and Matt Broaddus previewed the Census Bureau’s release next week of data on health coverage. Park warned that a House bill eliminating funding for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation would undermine efforts to slow health care costs.
On poverty and inequality, Danilo Trisi and Arloc Sherman previewed next week’s release of Census data on poverty.
On the federal budget and taxes, Chye-Ching Huang highlighted three prominent studies recommending expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for workers not raising children in the home. Chuck Marr illustrated how such a step would help workers in a wide range of jobs in every state. We also updated our ten key facts about the federal estate tax. David Reich cautioned that a recent proposal to address “unauthorized appropriations” would do more harm than good.
On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings detailed new data showing that food insecurity continues falling but remains above pre-recession levels.
On family income support, Megan Stanley and Ife Floyd reported that cash benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant have fallen by more than 20 percent in most states and continue to erode.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.