This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, food assistance, income security, Social Security, and health.On the federal budget, CBPP President Sharon Parrott released a...
Social Security benefits play a vital role in reducing poverty in every state. Without Social Security, 21.7 million more Americans would be poor.
Debt Ceiling Agreement’s SNAP Changes Would Increase Hunger and Poverty for Many Older Low-Income People; New Exemptions Would Help Some Others
The debt ceiling agreement would put almost 750,000 older adults aged 50-54 at risk of losing food assistance through an expansion of the existing, failed SNAP work-reporting requirement.
The agreement puts hundreds of thousands of older adults aged 50-54 at risk of losing food assistance.
This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, housing, income security, food assistance, and health.On the federal budget, we updated our roundup of analyses on House Republicans’ harmful...
House Republican Bill Would Force Deep Cuts in Housing Assistance, Harming Families, Older Adults, and People with Disabilities
The House Republican debt-ceiling-and-cuts bill would, among other things, impose severe cuts on discretionary funding amounting to $3.6 trillion over the next ten years. If defense and veterans’...
House Republicans’ Agriculture Appropriations Bill Would Cut WIC Benefits for 5 Million Participants, Put SNAP Benefits at Risk for 1 Million Older Adults
These cuts defy science and are shortsighted given the long-term health benefits of sound nutrition during these life stages.
Various laws, regulations, and guidance that federal policymakers put in place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have expanded access to testing, vaccination, and treatment for the virus. This fact sheet summarizes these provisions and explains how the federal government, the states, and private health care providers can implement them so that all people can get the care they need.
This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, federal taxes, and food assistance.On the federal budget, Richard Kogan, David Reich, and Nick Kasprak released an interactive showing how House...
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps more than 40 million people put food on the table each month. SNAP has existing, harmful work-reporting requirements, but recent proposals...
Chairman Whitehouse, Ranking Member Grassley, members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you this morning at this important hearing. I am Samantha Jacoby, Senior Tax...
This week at CBPP, we focused on state budgets and taxes, the federal budget, income security, and health.On state budgets and taxes, Whitney Tucker described how House...
The House Republican debt-ceiling-and-cuts bill would put more families at risk of involvement with the child welfare system by jeopardizing cash assistance for 540,000 families with very low...
On April 25, the House passed Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s debt-ceiling-and-cuts bill that would use the need to raise the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip to force a set of unpopular, harmful policies. We’ve collected our analyses of the bill here.
Rather than reduce fraud, these provisions will complicate and deter ongoing efforts to prevent criminals from defrauding the unemployment insurance system.
House Republicans’ debt-ceiling-and-cuts bill would decimate funding that states, localities, tribal nations, and U.S. Territories rely on to provide vital services like schools, transit, and aid...
Minnesota Bill Marks Major Step Forward in Preventing Multinational Corporations from Shifting Profits Abroad
The Minnesota House and Senate passed two tax bills containing a critical provision aimed at stopping multinational corporations (MNCs) from shifting profits earned in the state onto the books of...
This week at CBPP, we focused on health, income security, state budgets and taxes, the economy, and the federal budget.On health, Gideon Lukens explained why expanding health savings...
TANF Provisions in House Republicans’ Debt-Ceiling-and-Cuts Bill Would Harm Families and Deepen Poverty Among Children
The bill’s provisions could well mean that families face more barriers to finding and maintaining stable employment that can help them move out of poverty.
The President’s budget for fiscal year 2024 contains several important proposals to protect and strengthen Medicare. By modestly raising taxes on high-income people and reducing drug prices, the budget shores up Medicare’s financing and lowers beneficiaries’ costs. The budget also contains additional proposals to make Medicare less costly and improve benefits.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has required states to demonstrate their readiness to unwind Medicaid continuous coverage — which protected people from coverage terminations...
Research Reinforces: Providing Cash to Families in Poverty Reduces Risk of Family Involvement in Child Welfare
Cash assistance to families with low incomes is critical both to help them stabilize their circumstances and to create conditions in which they can thrive. A new body of research compiled by Chapin...
This week at CBPP, we focused primarily on House Republicans’ debt-ceiling-and-cuts bill, which seeks to force harmful policies in areas including the federal budget and taxes, health, food...
Taking Medicaid Away for Not Meeting a Work-Reporting Requirement Would Keep People From Health Care
People’s access to health care and other basic supports should not hinge on whether they meet a work-reporting requirement or successfully navigate a complicated system to either report work hours or claim an exemption.
States had to meet several conditions to receive the federal funds, collectively called a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement, as well as a “continuous coverage” requirement that prohibits states from terminating most Medicaid enrollees’ coverage until after the public health emergency (PHE) ends, as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
House Debt-Ceiling-and-Cuts Bill Cuts Health Coverage, Food Assistance, Income Support, and Other National Priorities, Gives Billions to Wealthy Tax Cheats
The bill would only raise the debt ceiling through early next year, creating a new opportunity for House Republicans to use the next deadline for another round of hostage-taking.
Program Administrators Across the Political Spectrum Find TANF Work Requirements Incompatible With Recipients’ Needs
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provisions in House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s debt-ceiling-and-cuts bill double down on TANF’s already expansive, rigid, and ineffective work...
TANF Provisions in McCarthy Bill Give States Incentives to Take Cash Benefits Away From Families With the Most Significant Needs
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provisions in House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s debt-limit-and-cuts bill double down on TANF’s already expansive, rigid, and ineffective work...
Estimated Cuts in Discretionary Federal Aid Under McCarthy Bill ($ millions) Estimated cuts in FY24Estimated cuts over 10 years if applied to total discretionary spendingif defense and veteran's...
Some policymakers, such as those on the Republican Study Committee, have proposed to raise Social Security’s full retirement age to 70 and beyond. Raising the retirement age cuts benefits for...
Note, May 19th, 2023: We've updated this post.The bill containing House Republicans’ demands for raising the debt ceiling would impose severe cuts amounting to $3.6...
Speaker McCarthy’s SNAP Proposal Would Take Food Away From Older Adults for Not Meeting Work Requirements
House Speaker McCarthy’s debt-limit-and-cuts bill unveiled last week would expand SNAP’s already harsh policy that takes food assistance away from many people aged 18-49 who don’t have children...
Speaker McCarthy hides the full House Republican fiscal agenda.
This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health, food assistance, income security, the economy, and Social Security.On the federal budget and taxes, CBPP...
McCarthy Medicaid Proposal Puts Millions of People in Expansion States at Risk of Losing Health Coverage
Without a doubt, adding work-reporting requirements to Medicaid would cause many low-income adults to lose coverage due to bureaucratic hurdles and would leave people without the health care they need, including life-saving medications, treatment to manage chronic conditions, and care for acute illnesses.
Much of SNAP’s success is due to its structure: it is designed so that everyone who is eligible can get benefits; it expands automatically to meet needs during tough times; and it focuses its benefits to the households with the least resources available to purchase groceries, assisting families with low incomes to obtain adequate nutrition, regardless of where they live.
Unemployment benefits provide critical support to jobless workers, their families and communities, and the U.S. economy. Yet today, the UI system is alarmingly unprepared for the next recession....
Social Security can pay full benefits for 11 more years but then faces a significant, though manageable, funding shortfall.
This week at CBPP, we focused on immigration, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.On immigration, we released a statement from Shelby Gonzales...
HHS announced its plans to make Medicaid and Affordable Care Act marketplace coverage available to people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
This tax season, millions of taxpayers are benefiting from a better-funded IRS that’s answering more taxpayer questions, processing returns timelier, and issuing refunds to families around the...
Congress should raise, suspend, or — best yet — abolish the debt ceiling well before the Treasury runs dry and should not engage in reckless brinksmanship by insisting on attaching other controversial measures.
This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the federal budget, state budgets and taxes, and food assistance.On health, Farah Erzouki explained that states should act to preserve people’s coverage as...
Advocates’ Guide to Understanding States’ Actions as They Unwind From Medicaid Continuous Coverage: Requirements and Best Practices
With unwinding underway, it is important for advocates to know what's required, what's prohibited, and what's recommended so that they can better advocate for a streamlined unwinding process that promotes continuity of coverage for eligible enrollees in their state.