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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, food assistance, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, housing, and the economy.

  • On health, Judy Solomon detailed how the Kentucky Medicaid waiver allowing the state to impose work requirements and deviate from other Medicaid provisions will harm beneficiaries. Jesse Cross-Call assessed the success of Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion before the waiver. We issued briefs highlighting how Medicaid works for children, seniors, rural communities, and people with substance use disorders.
  • On food assistance, Steven Carlson and Brynne Keith-Jennings analyzed how SNAP (formerly food stamps) is linked with better nutritional outcomes and lower health care costs, and Keith-Jennings summarized the findings.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Paul N. Van de Water argued that Congress shouldn’t suspend three health-related taxes.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Nick Johnson explained that states need a comprehensive response to the new federal tax law. We updated our backgrounder on state and local borrowing.
  • On housing, Douglas Rice contended that strengthening federal rental aid should be a 2018 budget priority.
  • On the economy, Robert Greenstein argued that DACA relief can’t wait until March 5, and policymakers should act now to protect these young immigrants.

Chart of the Week – Kentucky Projects Large and Growing Health Coverage Losses From Waiver

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

This week’s government shutdown showdown, explained
January 19, 2018

The GOP Wants to Slash Food Stamps. Here’s Why That’s a Stupid Idea.
Mother Jones
January 18, 2018

Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It
New York Times
January 18, 2018

Kentucky's new obstacles to Medicaid coverage are crueler than you could imagine
Los Angeles Times
January 16, 2018

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