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March 14, 2019

Update, March 15:  We’ve updated this post.

Montana lawmakers will hear testimony on two bills this Saturday: one would permanently extend the state’s successful Medicaid expansion under the...

Doctor and patient
March 14, 2019

Update, March 22: We’ve updated this post.

Here are the CBPP posts and papers to date on President Trump’s 2020 budget; we’ll update this list as we issue more analyses:

2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision. President Trump’s 2020 budget, released March 11,...

Cover of 2020 Budget Book
March 14, 2019

President Trump’s 2020 budget doubles down on the Administration’s unprecedented policy of letting states take away Medicaid coverage from people not meeting work requirements by proposing work requirements nationwide. We’ve previously...

Health and Money
March 13, 2019

As we recognize the fourth annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Awareness Day today, we also celebrate 50 years of VITA. This IRS-sponsored program trains volunteers to help millions of low- and moderate-income people file their taxes by providing accurate, free, and trustworthy tax preparation assistance. VITA sites are located across the country at community settings like libraries...

Women filing application
March 13, 2019

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) again face the possibility of losing their Medicaid eligibility and having to enter nursing homes to get needed care, because a three-month extension of “spousal impoverishment” protections expires on March 31.

Before 1988, married couples often faced significant hardship when one spouse needed...

States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away From Institution-Based Services
March 12, 2019

The President’s budget proposes to cut 2020 funding for non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs — a broad category that includes everything from education to veterans’ medical care, housing assistance, international affairs, and environmental protection — by 9 percent, or nearly twice as much as the 5 percent that the Administration says (as we explain below). The cuts are 11 percent in...

President's 2020 Budget Would Cut Broad Set of Public Services
March 12, 2019

President Trump’s new budget would take Medicaid coverage away from adults nationwide if they don’t meet a work requirement, which the Kaiser Family Foundation’s prior...

Gavel and stethoscope
March 12, 2019

Congress is facing renewed calls to repeal or further delay the “Cadillac tax” — the excise tax on high-cost health plans. That would be unwise for two reasons: it would lose needed revenue and would set back efforts to slow the growth of health care costs.

The Affordable...

Stethoscope on money
March 11, 2019

Just weeks after promising in the State of the Union to expand funding to substantially reduce new HIV infections over the next ten years and combat the opioid epidemic, President Trump unveiled a budget today that deeply cuts Medicaid, the core program providing access to health care for people with these conditions. Even with its limited new funds for programs that address HIV and substance...

Cover of 2020 Budget Book
March 11, 2019

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker proposes to replace the state’s regressive flat tax system with a graduated rate structure, which would require a voter-approved constitutional amendment in 2020. Known as the “Fair Tax” plan, it’s a wise course correction to the current...

In Illinois, Lowest-Income Households Pay Highest State and Local Taxes