This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health care, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.
On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings and Dottie Rosenbaum penned a blog series on the critical role that SNAP (formerly food stamps) plays in feeding America’s children. Keith-Jennings highlighted studies on SNAP’s significant impact on food insecurity among children, showed that it lifts millions of kids out of poverty, and cited its long-term benefits for kids. Rosenbaum explained SNAP’s important role in aiding millions of families with children and took a closer look at the low-income children receiving SNAP.
On health care, Hannah Katch illustrated Medicaid’s positive impact on states, communities, and families. She also described Oregon’s innovative Medicaid proposal to improve care for people with the greatest health needs. Judith Solomon discussed new research showing that 2.5 million people who aren’t buying health coverage through health reform’s marketplaces could get tax credits to help pay for coverage if they did so. Jesse Cross-Call gave examples of how health reform’s Medicaid expansion is improving low-income people’s access to care and financial well-being.
On federal taxes, Chye-Ching Huang explained the differences among the three types of “repatriation tax” on overseas profits.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman lauded a Maine ballot measure to make the tax system fairer and boost education funding.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.