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With Millions Facing Serious Hardship, McConnell Plan Doesn’t Meet Nation’s Needs

Despite data showing millions of households without enough to eat or behind on rent, continued high unemployment — particularly among lower-paid workers — and enormous state and local budget shortfalls, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...

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This week at CBPP, we focused on the economy, health, poverty and inequality, and food assistance.

6 Signs That the Labor Market Remains in Deep Trouble

Today’s jobs report shows a labor market that, despite improvements since April, remains devastated by the COVID-19 recession, as these six charts show. The crisis has imposed severe, ongoing hardship on tens of millions of...

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

State and Federal Policymakers Should Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

States and the federal government have an immediate opportunity to expand access to care for people who have recently given birth — and they should seize it.

The country is confronting several simultaneous crises that...

As School Year Starts, Schools Face New and Lingering Challenges

As a new school year dawns, America’s schools face attacks from three directions: upended learning methods, a state revenue crisis, and racial disparities in education that threaten to weaken the quality of our children’s education...

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This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health, poverty and inequality, Social Security, and family income support.

People Who Seek Disability Benefits Face Health, Economic Challenges

People who seek Social Security disability benefits face many financial, social, and health challenges, a recent study confirms, rebutting any notion that applicants who are denied benefits can shrug it off and return to work...

School Districts, Governors Can Use Free Meals to Mitigate Hardship

School districts can offer school meals in low-income communities at no charge to families under the federal community eligibility provision, but they must opt in by August 31. Adopting this simple four-year option...

Missouri, Oklahoma Should Quickly Implement Medicaid Expansion Amid COVID-19

Missouri and Oklahoma policymakers should follow the lead of other states and quickly implement their Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which their voters approved this summer. By moving quickly, policymakers will not...