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January 17, 2020

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

On health, Hannah Katch noted that Medicaid can partner with housing providers and others to address enrollees’ social...
January 17, 2020

Fifteen states plus New York City have filed a lawsuit to block a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the...

Adult in grocery store with empty basket
January 16, 2020

While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his inspirational leadership in bringing down legal barriers to civil rights for Black Americans and other people of color, he also emphasized the need to reduce poverty and expand opportunity to achieve true racial justice. This MLK Day, we would do well to remember that state tax codes are a critical lever for policymakers not only to...

Wealthiest 10 Percent of White Households Own Two-Thirds of U.S. Wealth
January 15, 2020

Tennessee’s proposal to radically change TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, including by converting its federal financing to an unprecedented block grant, would...

Doctor and patient
January 10, 2020

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

On housing, Peggy Bailey stated that a rule from the Trump Administration would reverse communities’ progress toward meeting fair...
January 10, 2020

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are asking the courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional. With a cloud of uncertainty...

Gavel and stethoscope
January 9, 2020

Six states — Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, and Virginia — have reversed or suspended their plans to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements. Other states with similar approved or pending waivers from the federal government also should reconsider these harmful policies.

The six states reconsidering their work requirement policies cited...

Medical professionals wheeling patient down hallway in medical facility
January 9, 2020

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains likely to reduce federal budget deficits substantially in coming years, despite December’s repeal of three ACA taxes. Repealing the excise tax on high-cost health plans (the “Cadillac tax”), the fee on health insurance providers (the “health insurance tax”), and the medical device excise tax will sacrifice hundreds of billions in revenues and marks a...

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January 8, 2020

Applications and benefit awards for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) fell again in 2019, new data show, adding to the significant declines since 2010 (see graph). Total SSDI enrollment also has...

Disability Insurance Applications and Awards Have Fallen Significantly Since 2010 Peak
December 20, 2019

This week at CBPP, we announced that CBPP’s founder and President, Robert Greenstein, will step down at the end of 2020. Bob stated, in part:

I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last four decades, especially in substantially strengthening programs and

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Moving with Voucher to Lower-Poverty Neighborhoods While Young Improves Key Adult Outcomes

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