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This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, health, federal taxes, and the economy.

  • On poverty and inequality, Robert Greenstein described how a proposed rule from the Trump Administration will result in legal immigrants of modest means forgoing needed benefits. Danilo Trisi noted that if the rule were applied to U.S.-born citizens, nearly one-third of them would struggle to meet its harsh new standards. Sharon Parrott explained why a recent Council of Economic Advisers report on assistance programs and employment overlooks key evidence.
  • On health, Paul N. Van de Water warned that fixing a looming “cliff” in Medicare drug benefits shouldn’t give cover for a giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry. Hannah Katch cited a study illustrating the harm of taking Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement. Katch also documented four ways states can expand access to opioid treatment through Medicaid. Jesse Cross-Call pointed to a study finding that the uninsured rate for low-income rural residents was cut in half in states that expanded Medicaid.
  • On federal taxes, Jennifer Beltrán showed how House Republican leaders’ “2.0” tax plan is skewed to the wealthy and would lose needed revenue.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder showing how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week — In Medicaid Expansion States, Uninsurance Way Down Among Low-Income Rural Residents

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

Tax Cut 2.0 Push Seen Ending in Whimper, But There’s Always 2025
September 27, 2018

New Trump Administration Rule Could Cause Fearful Immigrants to Forgo Public Benefits
Mother Jones
September 25, 2018

One Reason for Slow Wage Growth? More Benefits
New York Times
September 25, 2018

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