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September 4, 2019

Low-income Medicare beneficiaries deserve special attention as Congress considers legislation to make prescription drugs more affordable. Important steps include eliminating cost-sharing for generic drugs for low-income beneficiaries and increasing participation in the Part D low-income drug subsidy.

Medicare beneficiaries with incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level are...

Poor, Near-Poor Seniors Likelier to Not Take Medication as Prescribed to Save Money
August 30, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, food assistance, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, family income support, and Social Security.

On housing, Douglas Rice stressed that strengthening housing vouchers should be a priority in 2020...
21 States Plus DC Have Inclusive Higher Education Policies for Immigrants
August 28, 2019

As Labor Day approaches, now’s a good time to remember that most recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are workers who turn to TANF when the low-wage labor market fails them: they don’t get enough hours, they...

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August 27, 2019

The Arizona Board of Regents voted to lower tuition for students who are undocumented, bringing the state one step closer to full tuition equity. Its action last week adds to a series of policy improvements this year in the states...

21 States Plus DC Have Inclusive Higher Education Policies for Immigrants
August 27, 2019

As we honor workers by celebrating Labor Day, we should remember that millions who do important jobs — such as serving store customers, making restaurant meals, delivering packages, and caring for the elderly in nursing homes —...

Worker rinsing pan
August 23, 2019

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

On family income support, we issued several pieces marking the 23rd anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Ife Floyd...
TANF Could Be Serving 2.5 Million More Families
August 22, 2019

As children across the country begin a new school year, their schools’ facilities and equipment aren’t as modern as they should be, due to sharp cuts in state funding for school capital projects over the past decade. As a share of the economy, state capital funding for schools — for example, to build new schools, renovate and expand facilities, and install more modern technologies — was still...

Child reading book at table in school library
August 22, 2019

We can all agree that Black children should have the same opportunity to thrive as their white peers. However, choices that some states have made in their TANF programs can limit Black children’s access to the same opportunity.

In Focus: TANF's Reach and Benefit Levels Remain Low in Many States
August 21, 2019

The Trump Administration has launched numerous efforts – often wrapped in inflammatory, racist rhetoric — to marginalize immigrants, including community raids and deportations, the separation of children from families at the border, and rules around who may come to and stay in this country that hearken back to white supremacist ideas of who belongs here. But as our...

Maine state house
August 21, 2019

State and federal policymakers should act to ensure that TANF funds better target assistance to needy families.

9 States Spent Less Than 10 Percent of Federal and State TANF Funds on Basic Assistance in 2017