This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality as well as federal tax, health, and the economy.
On poverty and inequality, Robert Greenstein urged people to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by re-doubling efforts to achieve racial justice.
On health,Matt Broadus pointed out the fundamental flaws of a report claiming that Medicaid work requirements would lead to large income gains by beneficiaries. Jennifer Wagner noted that Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements are causing mounting coverage losses. Broaddus and Aviva Aron-Dine warned that a Trump Administration change to Affordable Care Act payment formulas would raise costs for millions with marketplace or employer plans. Jessica Schubel noted that Arizona should reconsider recently approved policies that will take away Medicaid and increase hardship.
On federal tax, Jennifer Beltrán found that working-family tax credits lifted 8..9 million people out of poverty in 2017.
On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.