This week at CBPP, we focused on health and federal taxes.
On health, Anna Bailey, Peggy Bailey, Hannah Katch, and Judith Solomon recommended that final legislation to help address the opioid epidemic should include several provisions that improve access to care. Peggy Bailey urged lawmakers negotiating the final opioid package to adopt a provision that would provide funding for housing assistance for people with substance use disorders. Matt Broaddus pointed to a new study that adds to the evidence that Medicaid enrollment among low-income adults doesn’t hurt beneficiaries’ work rates. Sarah Lueck listed key flaws of short-term health plans, which pose risks to consumers. Joel Friedman highlighted Puerto Rico’s need for adequate Medicaid funding.
On federal taxes, Brendan Duke explained why the Universal Savings Account provision in the House Republican leaders’ “2.0” tax plan is fundamentally flawed.