This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, Social Security, food assistance, housing, and the federal budget.
On health care, Sarah Lueck listed four requirements that any Senate health care bill must meet to pass the “Kimmel Test” and ensure that people with serious and chronic conditions can obtain affordable care. We highlighted several reasons why the House-passed bill is beyond repair — one of which is that it would effectively end Medicaid as we know it. Paul Van de Water noted that the House bill would move up the depletion of the Medicare trust fund by two years. Hannah Katch, Jessica Schubel, and Matt Broaddus explained that Medicaid works for women and that the House bill would have a harsh, disproportionate impact. Aviva Aron-Dine pointed out that the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA), plus uncertainty over the ACA’s future, are taking a toll on marketplaces, as insurers and regulators confirm. We also issued a guide to understanding insurers’ 2018 individual market rate filings and updated our Sabotage Watch page tracking efforts to undermine the ACA.
On Social Security, Kathleen Romig explained that Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the only source of federal income support targeted to families caring for children with disabilities, lifts hundreds of thousands of these children out of poverty.
On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jennings and Vincent Palacios reported on how SNAP (food stamps) helps millions of low-wage workers put food on the table.
On housing, Alicia Mazzara continued our Housing Vouchers Work series by highlighting that vouchers help renters in all types of communities, from large urban areas to rural areas and small towns.
On the federal budget, Michael Leachman applauded Nevada lawmakers for unanimously rescinding the state’s past resolutions calling for a national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.