This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget, family income support, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.
On health, Aviva Aron-Dine explained how President Trump’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement would do similar damage as his effort to repeal the law through the courts. Jessica Schubel detailed important Medicaid initiatives that would end if higher courts uphold a decision striking down the ACA. Sarah Lueck provided basic information on reinsurance as states look to reduce private market premiums. Judith Solomon called for disaster relief funding for Medicaid for the Pacific Island territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.
On the federal budget, Richard Kogan and Sharon Parrott noted that the House Budget Committee proposal to raise discretionary spending caps would avoid steep cuts and provide resources for needed investments. Chye-Ching Huang and Roderick Taylor described why any federal infrastructure package should boost investment in low-income communities. Huang summarized ways to expand low-income communities’ access to safe living conditions and economic opportunity.
On family income support, Liz Schott reviewed how bills that would impose a rigid “universal engagement” approach in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs would harm vulnerable families.
On state budgets and taxes, Jennifer Sullivan highlighted steps that many states are taking to improve residents’ health and advance health equity.
On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available and our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.