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

  • On food assistance, Robert Greenstein applauded congressional leaders who protected SNAP (food stamps) in the bipartisan 2018 farm bill. Javier Balmaceda warned that without more federal funding, 1.4 million Puerto Rico residents face food aid cuts.

  • On health, Halley Cloud recommended that consumers shop for health insurance coverage and update their information on by the December 15 deadline. Hannah Katch and Judith Solomon pointed out that restrictions on access to care don’t improve Medicaid beneficiaries’ health. Katch highlighted a Montana program that supports work without harming Medicaid beneficiaries. We updated our research on how taking away Medicaid for not meeting work requirements harms women, people with disabilities, veterans, people experiencing homelessness and those with substance use disorders. We updated our Sabotage Watch tracker of efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

  • On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol explained that states can expand opportunity by expanding wealth taxes, including those on inherited wealth and capital gains. Balmaceda noted that Puerto Rico is expected to implement a local Earned Income Tax Credit in 2019.

  • On federal taxes, Paul N. Van de Water cautioned that the House shouldn’t delay or repeal health-related taxes.

  • On poverty and inequality, Chad Stone, Danilo Trisi, Arloc Sherman, and Roderick Taylor updated their guide to statistics on historical trends in income inequality.

  • On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession and our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week – Puerto Rico’s New EITC Will Boost Working Households’ Incomes

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

The Liberal Arts May Not Survive the 21st Century
December 13, 2018

Congress just passed an $867 billion farm bill. Here’s what’s in it.
Washington Post
December 12, 2018

Who’s More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?
December 12, 2018

Deadline for enrolling in the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces is fast approaching
Kaiser Health News
December 10, 2018

Oklahoma’s Future Rests in the Hands of Two Very Different Oil Billionaires
December 8, 2018

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