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Uncompensated Care Costs Well Down in ACA Medicaid Expansion States

Hospitals’ uncompensated health care costs, which fell significantly as the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions took effect, rose slightly in 2017 but remained well below their 2013 level, according to the latest data...

Federal Plan to End Homelessness Rejects Proven Strategies, Won’t Meet Rising Need

The new federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, released yesterday by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), deviates in significant and disappointing ways from previous Obama and Trump Administration plans. Rather than...

Court Decision Against Trump Rule Preserves SNAP for 700,000 Jobless

Sunday’s federal court decision striking down a Trump Administration rule that would have eliminated SNAP (food stamps) for 700,000 low-income jobless workers means that the punitive, ill-conceived rule — already temporarily suspended due to the...

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

Arizona Ballot Measure: Fairer Taxes, Better Schools, Stronger Economy

Arizona voters will decide this fall whether to enact a targeted tax increase on high-income residents through Proposition 208 (the Invest in Education Initiative), which could deliver a sizable boost to the state’s finances, make...

Arizona Ballot Measure Would Help More Kids Thrive

Arizona voters on November 3 could take a giant step toward educational equity that would help every schoolchild in the state, with outsized benefits to kids of color and kids whose families have low incomes...

States Should Follow New Jersey: Repeal Racist “Family Cap”

Now that New Jersey has repealed its “family cap” law that denied more cash assistance to families that have another child while enrolled in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the 12 remaining...

California Criminal Fee Repeal a Big Step for Racial Justice, Equitable Policy

In a victory for fiscal policy and racial justice, California has repealed some county fees and eliminated the related unpaid debt. As other states consider how to respond to the COVID-19 recession in ways that...

In Case You Missed It...

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

  • On health, we rounded up our recent writings on...

For Most Americans, Retirement Accounts Are Paltry

Retirement accounts provide at best a modest supplement to Social Security, new Federal Reserve data show. A minority of mostly wealthy Americans have saved very large amounts — many times what middle- and low-income Americans...