This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, and the economy.
On health, Aviva Aron-Dine clarified that a recent Congressional Budget Office report confirms that the Trump Administration’s short-term health plans rule means a return to pre-Affordable Care Act (ACA) practices. Hannah Katch explained how adding restrictions including a work requirement and high premiums could undermine Montana’s Medicaid expansion. Jesse Cross-Call warned that Utah’s repeal of a voter-approved initiative to expand Medicaid will leave large coverage gaps. We highlighted options to reduce state Medicaid costs and we rounded up the Trump Administration’s efforts to sabotage the ACA.
On housing, Alison Bell noted that the 2019 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development largely sustains gains made in 2018. Bell also explained that the funding bill will launch a housing mobility demonstration to improve families’ access to high-opportunity areas; we updated our policy brief on the mobility demonstration.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession as well as our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.