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January 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM
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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.

Chart of the Week- Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Have Powerful Anti-Poverty Impact

 

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

Trump’s Proposed ACA Rules Could Lift Costs for Millions of People
Wall Street Journal
January 17, 2019

Government shutdown puts rental assistance programs in jeopardy
CNBC
January 17, 2019

Teacher strikes stem from similar struggles across the nation
Associated Press
January 15, 2019

In a Month You’ll Wish the Shutdown Were Only as Bad as Today
Bloomberg
January 15, 2019

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