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This week at CBPP, we focused on the new Census data on poverty, incomes, and health coverage; federal taxes; Social Security; housing; and the economy.

  • On the new Census data, Robert Greenstein stressed that although progress on poverty continued in 2018, more Americans were uninsured. Matt Broaddus detailed how the improvements health coverage under the Affordable Care Act eroded in 2018. Danilo Trisi highlighted that key programs the Trump Administration has targeted for cuts kept millions of Americans out of poverty last year.
  • On federal taxes, Chuck Marr and Yixuan Huang showed that women of color especially benefit from working family tax credits. We also updated our backgrounder on federal tax expenditures.
  • On Social Security, Kathleen Romig and Kathleen Bryant explained that cutting Social Security to offset paid parental leave would weaken retirement security.
  • On housing, Douglas Rice highlighted a House bill that would make Housing Choice Vouchers available to more youth leaving foster care.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available and our chart book on the post-Great Recession economy.

Chart of the WeekProgress in Reducing Share of Americans Without Health Coverage Eroding

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

Study Shows Income Gap Between Rich and Poor Keeps Growing, With Deadly Effects
New York Times
September 10, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau Reports Poverty Rate Down, But Millions Still Poor
September 10, 2019

Breaking A 10-Year Streak, The Number Of Uninsured Americans Rises
Kaiser Health News
September 10, 2019

Poverty declines, but more are uninsured and household income is at a standstill, census data show
Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2019

Congress returns to face funding deadline
September 9, 2019

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