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November 2, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, Social Security, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, and the economy.

On health, Tara Straw, Sarah Lueck, Shelby Gonzales, and Halley Cloud predicted strong demand for marketplace coverage for...
Trump Administration Has Cut Navigator Funding by Over 80 Percent Since 2016
November 1, 2018

Starting today, people can sign up for 2019 health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces in most states. Despite Trump Administration actions that have raised premiums and threaten to depress enrollment, the marketplaces have proven resilient,...

Health Marketplace on an iPad
November 1, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Wisconsin’s Medicaid waiver proposal, which will significantly restrict Medicaid coverage for low-income adults in a number of significant ways.

For starters, Wisconsin is the first state allowed to take coverage away from people with incomes below the poverty line if they don’t pay $8 monthly premiums. Those with incomes...

Doctor Shots
October 30, 2018

Private Medicare Advantage (MA) insurers have long received overpayments from Medicare due to their “upcoding,” which makes MA enrollees appear less healthy than they are — and a recent court decision could worsen the problem. As policymakers look to strengthen Medicare, eliminating upcoding should be high on their...

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October 30, 2018

Most states have most or all of the “rainy day” funds — reserves to use when recessions or other unexpected events cause revenue declines or spending increases — needed to weather a moderate recession, but they still face many risks, according to the bond rating agencies...

One-Third of States Unprepared for Moderate Recession
October 26, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on family income support, health, and federal taxes.

On family income support, Ashley Burnside and Ife Floyd updated their analysis of state benefit levels in the Temporary Assistance for Needy

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More Than Half of Black People Live in States With Little TANF Assistance
October 25, 2018

As we’ve noted, more than a dozen states and the District of Columbia have increased cash benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for this year or next. Nevertheless, TANF benefits will still be at or below 60 percent of the poverty line in every state, as our...

More Than Half of Black People Live in States With Little TANF Assistance
October 22, 2018

Fifteen states plus the District of Columbia raised benefits for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in fiscal year 2018 (which began July 1, 2017 in most states) or 2019. (See table.) Still, benefits are at or below 60 percent of the federal poverty line in every state, as our...

Family in Front of House
October 19, 2018

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

On health, Jennifer Wagner noted that thousands of Arkansans lost their Medicaid benefits in October for not meeting rigid...
Very Few Arkansas Medicaid Beneficiaries Met New Reporting Requirements in Fourth Month of Work Requirement
October 19, 2018

Realtors, veterinarians, and a range of other industry groups are pushing to dramatically expand the scope of the 2017 tax law’s “pass-through” deduction to allow their businesses to qualify. The wide range of requests, on full display at a recent IRS hearing, shows the creative ways that business owners and their tax planners will seek to stretch the deduction, which is essentially a giveaway...

Form 1040 And Refund Check

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