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In the last week-plus at CBPP, we focused on health, family income support, public benefit accessibility, federal taxes, housing, and the economy.

  • On health, Judith Solomon noted that the Trump Administration’s re-approval of Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver again ignores the harm it will do to beneficiaries. Halley Cloud highlighted five things about Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage worth sharing with your family on Thanksgiving. Sarah Lueck urged consumers to enroll in ACA marketplace plans by the December 15 deadline. Jesse Cross-Call cited findings that children’s uninsured rates rose for the first time in a decade. We updated our policy brief explaining how taking away Medicaid for not meeting work requirements harms low-wage workers.
  • On family income support, Ife Floyd, Ashley Burnside, and Liz Schott updated their report and policy brief on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant’s diminishing reach. We also updated our related state fact sheets.
  • On public benefit accessibility, we released an overview of how to use administrative advocacy to improve access to Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps). We also released tips on key points in the eligibility and enrollment process: SNAP and Medicaid renewals and SNAP interviews.
  • On federal taxes, Brendan Duke noted that retirement contributions may be another way for high-income business owners to game the 2017 tax law’s pass-through deduction.
  • On housing, Will Fischer explained how new funds to help housing agencies carry out a promising new policy called small area fair market rents will expand opportunity for families with housing vouchers.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week – TANF’s Reach Declined Significantly Over Time

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

For the First Time in Nearly a Decade the Number of Children Without Health Insurance Increases
November 30, 2018

Trump administration offers states four ways to circumvent Obamacare rules
Washington Post
November 30, 2018

The Trump Administration Just Made It Easier For States To Rewrite Obamacare Rules
November 30, 2018

Have a Social Security Question? Please Hold
New York Times
November 21, 2018

Attention, Marketplace Shoppers: Don’t Delay On 2019 Enrollment
Kaiser Health News
November 21, 2018

The IRS hired private debt collectors who are squeezing poor people and hurricane victims
November 20, 2018

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