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These past two weeks at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, poverty and inequality, housing, health, Social Security, federal tax, and the economy.

  • On food assistance, Robert Greenstein warned that a new SNAP rule will cost many of the nation’s poorest their food aid. We updated our interactive map showing that states have requested waivers from SNAP’s time limit in high unemployment areas for the past two decades.
  • On poverty and inequality, Danilo Trisi and Matt Saenz noted that economic security programs have cut poverty nearly in half over the last 50 years.
  • On housing, Will Fischer, Douglas Rice, and Alicia Mazzara reported that rental assistance reduces hardship and provides a platform to expand opportunity for low-income families. Fischer underscored that although rental assistance cuts homelessness and poverty, it doesn’t reach most who need it.
  • On health, Tara Straw reported that policy changes are needed to improve health coverage for low-income workers. Paul N. Van de Water pointed to House Medicare bills that would better protect low-income beneficiaries.
  • On Social Security, Kathleen Romig asserted that the Social Security Administration should resume mailing statements to almost all workers.
  • On federal tax, Samantha Washington explained how expanding refundable tax credits would help many American Indian and Alaska Native households and reduce poverty. Kathleen Romig explained that a bill introduced in the House and Senate offers not paid family leave but rather a loan that families would have to repay.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available and our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy.

Chart of the Week — 16 Million Households Needing Federal Rental Assistance Do Not Receive It Due to Funding Limits

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts these past two weeks. Here are some of the highlights:

New rules could end food stamp benefits for about 700,000
December 6, 2019

668,000 will lose food stamp benefits under Trump administration’s new SNAP rules
Associated Press
December 4, 2019

Hundreds of Thousands Are Losing Access to Food Stamps
New York Times
December 4, 2019

Addressing Homelessness Causes Homelessness, White House Says
Mother Jones
November 27, 2019

Report: 476 older Oklahomans died prematurely because of Medicaid non-expansion
The Oklahoman
November 24, 2019

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