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HHS’ Proposed “Rule on Rules” Could Wreak Havoc on Health Programs and Harm People

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed “Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely” (SUNSET) rule would cause most HHS regulations to automatically expire unless HHS conducts a time-consuming assessment and review of...

In Case You Missed It...

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

Medicaid Improper Payment Rates Don’t Signal Fraud or Abuse

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2020 Estimated Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rate — which measures “improper” payments in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — but...

Joseph Llobrera

Director of Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Food Assistance

As Thanksgiving Approaches, Fewer Than Half of Households With Kids Very Confident About Affording Needed Food

As Thanksgiving approaches amidst a pandemic-driven economic crisis, just 44 percent of households with children are “very confident” that they can afford needed food over the next four weeks, according to new Census survey data...

Puerto Rico Nutrition Benefit Cuts Risk Food Insecurity, Show Block Grant’s Limits

 

Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) basic household benefits have shrunk significantly over the last three months — as the Commonwealth depleted emergency federal funding — which may make...

Los recortes a los beneficios nutricionales de Puerto Rico son un riesgo para la seguridad alimentaria y ponen al descubierto los límites de la subvención en bloque

Esta merma ha dificultado aún más las posibilidades que tienen estos hogares para comprar los alimentos que necesitan en medio de la pandemia del COVID-19 y de una recuperación económica incierta.

In Case You Missed It...

Since the last time we rounded up our recent work at CBPP, we focused on health, the economy, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, poverty and inequality, and housing.

  • On health, we rounded up...
Dottie Rosenbaum

Senior Fellow and Interim Program Area Lead for Food Assistance

Provide Adequate SNAP Funding for Fiscal Year 2021

The Agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 that the Senate Appropriations Committee released Tuesday includes substantially less funding for SNAP (food stamps) than the program is likely to need, because the bill’s funding level...

Medicaid Enrollment Still Rising

Medicaid enrollment rose 10.9 percent from February to September in the 36 states for which we have data, as millions lost their jobs or suffered sharp income losses due to the COVID-19 recession. If we...

As Relief Talks Resume, Don’t Forget Fiscal Aid

The fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicates he’s now interested in a new COVID-19 relief package is welcome news, particularly if it leads to substantial new federal fiscal aid to help states, localities...