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This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, health, federal taxes, Social Security, and the economy.

  • On poverty and inequality, Arloc Sherman and Matt Broaddus outlined three things to look for in next week’s release of Census figures on poverty, income, and health insurance.
  • On health, Paul N. Van de Water recommended that Congress remember low-income Medicare beneficiaries as it considers legislation to make prescription drugs more affordable. Tara Straw noted that congressional proposals to ban surprise medical bills would protect patients while lowering both consumer and federal costs. Jessica Schubel answered frequently asked questions about the Affordable Care Act’s state innovation waivers and Medicaid.
  • On federal taxes, Chuck Marr explained how the Working Families Tax Relief Act would benefit more than 49 million children and 3 million teachers and child care workers.
  • On Social Security, Paul N. Van de Water argued that taxing Social Security is sound policy. We updated our chart book on Social Security Disability Insurance.
  • On the economy, we updated our chart book on the post-Great Recession economy.

Chart of the Week Progress on Boosting Income, Reducing Poverty Has Slowed Since 2015

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

Trump’s new rule to punish immigrants just shows how bad American jobs are
Washington Post
September 5, 2019

Here’s who could lose food stamps under Trump’s proposed changes
PBS NewsHour
September 5, 2019

A Cynical Way to Make Poor People Disappear
September 4, 2019

White House still considering tax cut bypassing Congress that Trump seemed to rule out last week
Washington Post
August 30, 2019

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