This week at CBPP, we focused on health, Social Security and Medicare, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, and the economy.
On health, Hannah Katch explained that Montana legislation continuing the state’s Medicaid expansion includes changes that will end coverage for many. Judith Solomon emphasized that Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program needs an ongoing commitment of federal funds. We updated our Sabotage Watch tracker documenting efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
On Social Security and Medicare, Kathleen Romig, Matt Broaddus, and Aviva Aron-Dine explained that the latest trustees’ reports show the programs’ financial challenges are largely unchanged from last year, except for an improvement in Social Security Disability Insurance.
On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman highlighted a recent Economic Policy Institute report detailing the country’s severe shortage of qualified teachers, which shows that states should better fund schools.
On federal taxes, Chuck Marr urged policymakers to give the IRS the needed authority to regulate paid tax return preparers.
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.