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November 11, 2019

SNAP (food stamps) is an effective program that helps millions of Americans put food on the table, but there’s room to build upon its successes, as we write in a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health that’s focused on SNAP.

As we describe in our essay:


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November 11, 2019

Facing Trump Administration pressure to make their Medicaid eligibility determinations more accurate, states are conducting more income checks,...

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November 8, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, and the economy.

On health, Aviva Aron-Dine, Chye-Ching Huang, and Samantha Washington explained that if the...
State Decisions to Expand Medicaid a Matter of Life and Death, New Research Shows
November 7, 2019

As Veterans Day approaches, hundreds of thousands of veterans struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Some 38,000 veterans were homeless on a single night in January 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates. Moreover, 666,000 veterans lived in low-income households that paid...

Over 700,000 Low-Income Veterans are Homeless or Have Severe Housing Costs Burdens
November 6, 2019

Since the start of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion to low-income adults, evidence has poured in that the expansion is helping enrollees access and afford care.

In Focus: Medicaid Expansion Could Save as Many Lives as Seatbelts
November 6, 2019

Health coverage gains continued to drive down uncompensated care costs through 2016, according to the latest data from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. Such costs have fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions took...

In Focus: Uncompensated Care Costs Fall With Drop in Uninsured Rate
November 1, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, federal tax, food assistance, and the economy.

On health, Judith Solomon testified to the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care on Medicaid program integrity. Inna Rubin...
October 31, 2019

Update, November 1: we’ve updated this post.

The New York Times and ProPublica have highlighted major flaws in the 2017 tax law’s “opportunity zone” tax...

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October 31, 2019

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit together boosted the incomes of 28.1 million poor Americans in 2018, lifting 10.6 million above the poverty line and making 17.5 million others less poor, our analysis of new Census data shows. These totals include 11.9 million children, 5.5 million of whom were lifted out of poverty and another 6.4 million made less poor. The figures...

Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Have Powerful Anti-Poverty Impact
October 31, 2019

Consumers can shop for 2020 health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period of November 1 to December 15 but, if they use enrollment pathways other than, they risk choosing subpar coverage and missing out on financial help for which they’re...

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