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February 7, 2020 at 4:30 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget, food assistance, federal taxes, the economy, family income support, and Social Security.

  • On health, Jessica Schubel, Hannah Katch, Judith Solomon, and Aviva Aron-Dine answered frequently asked questions about the Trump Administration’s Medicaid block grant guidance. Sarah Lueck cautioned that adopting a state-based health insurance marketplace poses risks and challenges. We answered frequently asked questions on state adoption of the health insurer fee. We updated our policy brief outlining the Trump Administration’s harmful changes to Medicaid. We also updated our timeline tracking the Administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

  • On the federal budget, Joel Friedman, Aviva Aron-Dine, Kathleen Romig, Chye-Ching Huang, and Chuck Marr outlined five things to look for in the President’s 2021 budget. Richard Kogan, David Reich, and Jenifer Beltrán pointed out that non-defense discretionary programs face tight funding in 2021.

  • On food assistance, Javier Balmaceda commented on how Puerto Rico’s recent earthquake highlights its inadequate access to nutrition assistance. Joseph Llobrera detailed how policymakers can improve SNAP participants’ child support participation without compromising access to food.

  • On federal taxes, Samantha Jacoby reported that corporation-friendly Treasury regulations are reducing federal revenues. She also explained how the final rules on “opportunity zones” could raise the tax break’s cost.

  • On the economy, we updated our chart book tracking the post-Great Recession economy and our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.

  • On family income support, we updated our backgrounder on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

  • On Social Security, we updated our backgrounder on Supplemental Security Income.

Chart of the Week — 47 States Would Have Received Less Federal Funding in 2000s Under Block Grant Waiver Caps

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

Feds Slow Down But Don’t Stop Georgia’s Contentious Effort to Ditch ACA Marketplace
Kaiser Health News
February 7, 2020

Maine seniors could be especially devastated by Trump’s push to change poverty line
Maine Beacon
February 6, 2020

Trump Called for Paid Family Leave. Here’s Why Few Democrats Clapped.
New York Times
February 5, 2020

What Trump’s State of the Union Comments Missed About the Reality of Food Stamps
Forbes
February 4, 2020

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