This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, Social Security, and the economy.
On health, Shelby Gonzales pointed to a new Government Accountability Office report that found the Trump Administration fell short in managing the 2018 open enrollment period for marketplace health coverage. Jesse Cross-Call found more evidence in an Ohio Medicaid report that Medicaid expansion improves health and supports work.
On housing, Will Fischer detailed how the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) could do more to expand opportunity for poor families and we illustrated how few LIHTC units are in low-poverty neighborhoods.
On federal taxes, we explained that the 2017 tax law’s Child Tax Credit increase results in a token or less-than-full increase for 26 million children in working families.
On state budgets and taxes, Samantha Waxman explained how state Earned Income Tax Credits make work pay for people of color and women. Waxman also highlighted how states can help ensure a complete 2020 census count.
On Social Security, Kathleen Romig cautioned that a Senate-passed funding bill won’t help the Social Security Administration’s staffing shortage, and a House Appropriations Committee passed-bill would worsen it.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession and our backgrounder on unemployment compensation.