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January 17, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, the economy, food assistance, and state budgets and taxes.

  • On health, Hannah Katch noted that Medicaid can partner with housing providers and others to address enrollees’ social needs. Katch also pointed out that providers, patients, and advocates oppose Tennessee’s proposed Medicaid block grant, which would radically change the state’s Medicaid program. Additionally, we updated our Sabotage Watch tracker on the Trump Administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
  • On housing, Peggy Bailey explained how housing and health partners can work together to close the housing affordability gap.
  • On the economy, Chad Stone, Danilo Trisi, Arloc Sherman, and Jennifer Beltrán updated our guide to statistics on historical trends in income inequality. We also updated our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.
  • On food assistance, Ed Bolen highlighted lawsuits that seek to block a Trump Administration rule that would end food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults. Joseph Llobrera discussed how to improve Child Support participation among participants in SNAP without compromising their access to food. Brynne Keith-Jennings and Elizabeth Wolkomir compared household food assistance in Puerto Rico with the rest of the United States, and Keith-Jennings provided an introduction to Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Michael Leachman highlighted the links between racial justice and state tax policy in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Chart of the Week — Wealthiest 10 Percent of White Households Own Two-Thirds of U.S. Wealth

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

What Happened When a State Made Food Stamps Harder to Get
New York Times
January 13, 2020

Mr. President, here’s how the budget works
Washington Post
January 13, 2020

Don’t Work, Don’t Eat: Nearly 700,000 Set to Lose Food Stamps
Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien
January 12, 2020

Trump Administration Weighs Tighter Requirements for Disability Payments
Wall Street Journal
January 10, 2020

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