This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.
On health, Hannah Katch, Tara Straw, Jessica Schubel, Matt Broaddus, and Shelby Gonzales reviewed the health proposals in the President’s 2020 budget, finding that they would reduce health insurance coverage and access to care. Sarah Lueck explained why a Senate bill purportedly designed to ensure affordable coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions wouldn’t protect people if the Supreme Court declares the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. Tara Straw highlighted a new bill that would create a public health insurance option, which could cut costs and boost financial assistance to those getting coverage in the ACA marketplaces. Aviva Aron-Dine and Matt Broaddus warned that a change to insurance payment formulas will raise health insurance costs for millions.
On housing, Anna Bailey revealed how insufficient federal funds have prompted states and localities to create and expand their own rental assistance programs.
On state budgets and taxes, Erica Williams examined how New Mexico policymakers are strengthening communities and families with their new budget and tax plans. We analyzed state-level proposals to penalize employers whose workers participate in economic security programs, finding they may have serious unintended consequences.
On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.