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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, Social Security, family income support, and the economy.

  • On health, Jessica Schubel warned that proposals to partially expand Medicaid would fall short of full Medicaid expansion with respect to coverage and access to care. Hannah Katch, Jennifer Wagner, and Aviva Aron-Dine found that taking Medicaid coverage away from people not meeting work requirements will reduce low-income families’ access to care and worsen health outcomes. Anna Bailey pointed to a new paper that explains how states and localities can create new rental assistance programs, or improve existing ones, to better serve vulnerable people, such as those experiencing homelessness.
  • On housing, Alison Bell explained why the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rollback of a fair housing rule is unwarranted. We described how recently announced bills from Rep. Dennis Ross and the Trump Administration would lead to significant rent increases for people receiving federal rental assistance, including large numbers of people with disabilities.
  • On Social Security, Kathleen Romig marked Social Security’s 83rd anniversary by stressing the program’s role in fighting child poverty. We updated our Social Security Disability Insurance chart book and Top Ten Facts About Social Security.
  • On family income support, we updated our backgrounder on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
  • On the economy, we updated our Great Recession chart book.

Chart of the week: Social Security Lifts 1.7 Million Children Out of Poverty

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

Feds Urge States To Encourage Cheaper Health Plans Off Insurance Exchanges
August 14, 2018

Do work requirements for federal assistance help people escape poverty? No. Here’s what really happens.
Washington Post
August 13, 2018

Of course the tax cuts are good for the banks
August 12, 2018

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