This week at CBPP, we focused on Social Security, state budgets and taxes, health care, and poverty and incomes.
On Social Security, Kathleen Romig and Arloc Sherman’s state-by-state analysis found that Social Security lifted 22 million Americans out of poverty last year, including 1 million children.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman listed several reasons why many states have cut school funding and explained that these cuts can undermine crucial education reforms. He also noted that capital spending to build and renovate schools is down.
On health care, Jesse Cross-Call cited new data showing historic gains in children’s health coverage. Hannah Katch explained that helping Medicaid beneficiaries navigate the health system to get the care they need may be key to reducing emergency room visits and cutting state costs.
On poverty and incomes, Isaac Shapiro and Arloc Sherman showed that states’ income and poverty gains last year were even more widespread than initially reported.