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November 1, 2019 at 4:45 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, federal tax, food assistance, and the economy.

  • On health, Judith Solomon testified to the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care on Medicaid program integrity. Inna Rubin outlined five good reasons to visit HealthCare.gov during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Jesse Cross-Call noted that the children’s uninsured rate rose for the second straight year in 2018. We created a checklist for consumers working with individual and web-based brokers to enroll in health coverage. Tara Straw urged consumers to use caution when shopping for health insurance outside of HealthCare.gov.
  • On federal tax, Samantha Washington noted that the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit lifted 10.6 million people out of poverty in 2018. Samantha Jacoby explained how opportunity zones exemplify the 2017 tax law’s fundamental flaws.
  • On food assistance, we updated our quick guide to SNAP eligibility and benefits.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available, as well as our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession Economy.

Chart of the Week – Children’s Uninsured Rate Has Increased Two Years in a Row

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

Return To Sender? Just One Missed Letter Can Be Enough To End Medicaid Benefits
Kaiser Health News
November 1, 2019

FAQ: What to know about picking a health plan
Marketplace
November 1, 2019

How a proposed rule change could affect free lunch for some kids in need
PBS News Hour
October 31, 2019

The Trump Administration Cracked Down on Medicaid. Kids Lost Insurance.
Pro Publica
October 31, 2019

Senators team up to try to give new parents better-paid leave; Some say proposal is misleading
NextStar Media
October 29, 2019

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