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March 30, 2020

Here are the CBPP statements, papers, blog posts, and tweet threads to date on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic; we’ll update this list as we issue more analyses.

Patient in Hospital
March 30, 2020

States received a significant temporary increase in federal Medicaid funding in the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law on March 18. In exchange for this increase in federal funding, they can’t impose new Medicaid eligibility restrictions, or take away people’s coverage, during the...

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March 27, 2020

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

On the economy, Robert Greenstein stated that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes important aid, but there is...
March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Trump is expected to sign soon, doesn’t expand benefits or eligibility under SNAP (food stamps). Policymakers must address this limitation in their next stimulus measure, both to help the growing number of families struggling to afford food in the pandemic and because SNAP is one of the fastest, most effective...

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March 25, 2020

The emerging bipartisan agreement on the Senate’s economic emergency legislation contains very significant new resources to help states address their massive, immediate budget problems due to COVID-19, though it almost certainly doesn’t go far enough. Congress will need to come back and provide more help to states and families affected by the crisis, as some policymakers have already called...

The Capitol
March 21, 2020

Lawmakers must not only make low- and moderate-income people eligible for the full payments; they must also ensure that the government delivers the payments without imposing new requirements on individuals to file tax returns or fill out and submit other complex paperwork.

Capitol Dome
March 20, 2020

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

On the economy, Sharon Parrott, Aviva Aron-Dine, Michael Leachman, Chad Stone, Dottie Rosenbaum, LaDonna Pavetti, Peggy Bailey, Chuck Marr, and Kathleen Romig called for an...
In Focus: Low-Income Families Get Much Less Under GOP Stimulus Plan
March 20, 2020

Amid the frenzy in Washington to enact broad stimulus legislation, Senate Republicans are also proposing to address a tax issue that far predates the current economic emergency: an error in the 2017 tax law that affects the restaurant and retail industries. If policymakers plan to help retailers and restaurant owners by fixing the error — and including the fix in the emerging stimulus...

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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

March 20, 2020

The Senate Republican proposal for a third bill to address the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis is woefully inadequate to meet the extraordinary challenges now facing the nation.

Low-Income Families Get Much Less Under GOP Stimulus Plan
March 19, 2020

States facing increased demands on their Medicaid programs due to COVID-19 should prioritize enrolling people in Medicaid and making sure they can stay enrolled. The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires states to take some steps in this direction, but they can and should do more.

The COVID-19 emergency is putting intense pressure on state and local agencies that...

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