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August 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, federal taxes, food assistance, Social Security, and the economy.

  • On health, Aviva Aron-Dine found that eligibility restrictions in recent Medicaid waivers would cause many thousands of people to become uninsured.
  • On federal taxes, Brendan Duke noted that House Republican leaders’ proposed “Universal Savings Accounts” would drain federal revenues, distribute tax benefits overwhelmingly to the nation’s wealthiest, and not likely boost private savings.
  • On food assistance, Robert Greenstein, Brynne-Keith Jennings, and Dottie Rosenbaum explored factors affecting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) caseloads.
  • On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing cited research showing that applicants who are denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits fare badly in the labor market.
  • On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession, as well as our backgrounder on unemployment compensation.

Chart of the week: Most Filers Currently Pay No Capital Gains Tax, So Brat-Flake USAs Offer Little Incentive to Save More

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

Scrubbed from the system
Arkansas Times
August 9, 2018

Ben Carson Declared Mission Accomplished in East St. Louis — Where Public Housing Is Still a Disaster
ProPublica
August 8, 2018

Proposed Trump Rule Change Could Put Millions of Legal Immigrants at Risk of Deportation
Newsweek
August 8, 2018

Republicans Want to Force People to Work for Their Health Care — What Could Go Wrong?
The Nation
August 7, 2018

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