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April 26, 2019 at 3:45 PM
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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.

Chart of the Week – Medicaid Benefits Per Enrollee Much Lower in Puerto Rico Than in Any State

 

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

Fewer Americans seeing crucial Social Security document due to budget cuts
Reuters
April 24, 2019

Don’t believe this myth about Social Security
MarketWatch
April 24, 2019

There's a tiny bit of good news about Social Security
Marketplace
April 23, 2019

Work Requirements for Housing Aid Aren’t Very Effective, Finds Study
Curbed
April 22, 2019

Republicans Offer Health Care Bills to Protect Patients (and Themselves)
The New York Times
April 20, 2019

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