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July 31, 2019

States should take steps now to help ensure a full and accurate census count.

37 States and D.C. Have Taken Action Towards a Complete 2020 Census Count
July 30, 2019

The Trump Administration is rejecting Utah’s request to receive the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) enhanced federal funding to provide Medicaid coverage for only part of the population of poor and near-poor adults that states can cover by expanding their Medicaid programs under the ACA.

Doctor Shots
July 30, 2019

Today is the 54th anniversary of the enactment of Medicaid, a program that helps millions of families and individuals across the country, as our state-by-state fact sheets show.

Medicaid helps low-income seniors, children, people with disabilities, and families get needed health care. Medicaid coverage improves families’ financial security by protecting them from medical debt and...

Healthcare provider, patient, and parent
July 30, 2019

On Medicaid and Medicare’s 54th birthday, tens of millions of beneficiaries face direct harm from litigation seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — which strengthened both programs and updated how they operate, transforming Medicaid’s eligibility rules and...

Medical personnel rushing patient to emergency room
July 26, 2019

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, health, Social Security, and the economy.

On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein said a budget deal that policymakers reached would avert troubling...
2017 Tax Law Gives White Households in Top 1% More Than All Races in Bottom 60% Combined
July 26, 2019

On the 29th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s worth noting that major pending tax legislation would improve the economic circumstances of millions of people with disabilities. Some 4 million working people with disabilities and more than 2 million children with functional limitations would benefit from the Working Families Tax Relief Act’s...

Boosting EITC for Childless Workers Could Fix Flaw That Taxes Them Into Poverty
July 25, 2019

The federal tax code can affect racial disparities in both income and wealth and, while the current code narrows those disparities somewhat, the 2017 tax law marked a step in the wrong direction, our new report explains (see graphic). Certain types of federal tax reforms, however,...

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July 24, 2019

Social Security is a critical source of income for African American people of all ages and has reduced economic disparities between African American and white families. That’s especially important given recent findings from an Urban Institute study that we commissioned, on...

Social Security Dramatically Reduces Poverty for African American Seniors
July 24, 2019

States should protect consumers from a new Trump Administration rule that expands health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) — which, as we’ve explained, could raise individual market premiums and cause confusion and disruption for people with employer plans — by blocking...

Doctor and Patient Going Over Form
July 24, 2019

Since the Trump Administration issued new rules last year expanding short-term health plans, which are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) benefit standards and protections for people with pre-existing conditions, a dozen states have strengthened their own limits and...

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