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This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, food assistance, health, Social Security, and the economy.

  • On housing, Peggy Bailey stated that a rule from the Trump Administration would reverse communities’ progress toward meeting fair housing obligations.
  • On food assistance, we updated a report noting that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps 1.3 million low-income veterans.
  • On health, Paul N. Van de Water noted that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains likely to reduce federal budget deficits substantially in coming years, despite December’s repeal of three ACA taxes. Jessica Schubel highlighted states reconsidering Medicaid work requirements. Aviva Aron-Dine explained why states can’t protect themselves from the harmful effects of ACA repeal. We released a piece showing how Medicaid agencies can address gaps in determining eligibility.
  • On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing pointed out that Social Security Disability Insurance is still shrinking. We also updated a report stating that Social Security benefits are modest.
  • On the economy, we updated our chartbook tracking the post-Great Recession economy.

Chart of the Week – Disability Insurance Applications and Awards Have Fallen Significantly Since 2010 Peak

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

HUD seeks to roll back Obama rule on housing desegregation
Associated Press
January 7, 2020

Trump Administration Quietly Goes After Disability Benefits
January 7, 2020

Income Inequality in America Continues its Inexorable Rise
January 7, 2020

IRS Personal Income-Tax Audits Drop to Lowest Level in Decades
Wall Street Journal
January 6, 2020

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