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January 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, food assistance, and the economy.

  • On health, Aviva Aron-Dine warned that Medicaid “block grant” guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will likely encourage states to undermine health coverage. Judith Solomon cautioned that a proposed Medicaid financing rule could jeopardize health care for millions of Americans. Hannah Katch pointed out that Wisconsin is imposing the nation’s harshest Medicaid premiums on people in poverty. We also updated our Sabotage Watch tracker on the Trump Administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
  • On housing, Peggy Bailey commented that we need rental assistance and services, not punitive policies, to end homelessness. Alicia Mazzara pointed to findings that the rental housing affordability crisis is worst for the lowest-income families.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol noted that although some states are taxing wealth and high incomes better, more progress is still needed.
  • On federal taxes, we celebrated Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, a time to bring attention to the EITC and other refundable tax credits to encourage more eligible taxpayers to claim them.
  • On food assistance, we updated our report reviewing state government SNAP websites.
  • On the economy, we updated our backgrounders on the post-Great Recession economy and on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

Chart of the Week — Renters With the Lowest Incomes Are Most Likely to Pay Too Much for Housing

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

The Trump Administration Is Coming for Medicaid Again
HuffPost
January 31, 2020

Stitt Proposes "SoonerCare 2.0" Based on New Medicaid Capped-Funding Program
Tulsa Public Radio
January 30, 2020

New Trump Medicaid funding changes take aim at working-age adults
CNN
January 30, 2020

Trump’s immigrant ‘wealth test’ hurts the economy and undermines the American dream
NBC News
January 29, 2020

Cities Prepare for the Worst as Trump’s Food Stamp Cuts Near
New York Times
January 25, 2020

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