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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, and the economy.

  • On health, Tara Straw explained that many Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace consumers are eligible for zero-premium coverage. Aviva Aron-Dine noted that the vast majority of those losing Medicaid coverage due to waivers will become uninsured. Judith Solomon warned that protections for married couples receiving Medicaid home- and community-based services will end on December 31 without congressional action. Jessica Schubel pointed out that New Hampshire is preparing to impose harsh Medicaid work rules despite mounting evidence of harm. We updated our research on how taking away Medicaid for not meeting work requirements harms older Americans and American Indians and Alaska Natives, and our Sabotage Watch tracker of efforts to undermine the ACA.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein addressed how the House PAYGO rule could help advance progressive goals. We also updated our backgrounder on PAYGO. Chuck Marr showed how a House GOP “technical corrections” package helps restaurant and retail owners while doing nothing for millions of their workers. We updated our backgrounder on where federal tax revenues come from.
  • On food assistance, Catlin Nchako and Lexin Cai updated their state facts sheets on who benefits from SNAP. We also updated our state fact sheets and interactive showing how SNAP helps workers.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounders on unemployment insurance and on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available, and our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

Chart of the Week – States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away From Institution-Based Services

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

Work requirements create vast, useless bureaucracy
Post Register
December 7, 2018

Obamacare enrollment sinks 11% — historically low unemployment is at least partly to blame
December 6, 2018

Lame-Duck Republicans Stick It to The Poor in Wisconsin
December 5, 2018

Verdict Is In: Food Stamps Put Poor Kids on Path to Success
December 4, 2018

Why do Democrats love trapezoids?
Washington Post
December 3, 2018

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