This week at CBPP, we focused on health, Social Security, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, and the economy.
On health, Tara Straw, Sarah Lueck, Shelby Gonzales, and Halley Cloud predicted strong demand for marketplace coverage for 2019, despite Trump Administration actions that depress enrollment. Halley Cloud listed several reasons for consumers to visit HealthCare.gov or state-based marketplaces during open enrollment. Sarah Lueck explained why new Administration rules on health waivers will weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Paul Van de Water underlined the importance of eliminating “upcoding,” which leads to overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans. Hannah Katch warned that Wisconsin’s newly approved Medicaid waiver will reduce coverage and create new barriers to care.
On Social Security, Kathleen Romig explained that Social Security lifts more Americans out of poverty than any other program.
On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol urged states to prepare for the next economic downturn by strengthening their “rainy day” reserves.
On federal taxes, Samantha Jacoby showed that much of the income from wealth is taxed lightly or not at all due to a series of policy choices.
On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.