As state legislators finalize their budgets for the year ahead, they should pursue tax and budget policies that align with three principles for an antiracist, equitable state response to the COVID-19...
President Biden’s 2023 budget calls for a range of policies that would boost opportunity and reduce poverty, improve health and well-being, and advance widely shared prosperity, funded by proposals to make the nation’s tax system stronger and fairer.
The temporary pandemic unemployment programs significantly increased the coverage, duration, and adequacy of unemployment benefits compared to regular UI, substantially reducing hardship and providing important stabilization and impetus for recovery for a sharply declining economy.
Ante el vencimiento el 13 de diciembre de los términos para la financiación federal de Medicaid en los territorios incorporados de Estados Unidos, el Congreso debe implementar medidas por adelantado —en la siguiente legislación económica — para evitar que los residentes de los territorios se enfrenten a recortes tajantes de elegibilidad y de beneficios.
Congress and the Biden Administration should close the Medicaid “coverage gap” and extend temporary tax credit improvements in the Affordable Care Act marketplace as part of an economic package this year.
The American Rescue Plan’s expansions of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are expected to significantly reduce poverty in Puerto Rico. The two credits combined could provide more than $2 billion to Puerto Rico families in 2022 as they file their 2021 taxes.
The COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn prompted widespread expectations of severe declines in health insurance coverage, as people lost their jobs and saw their incomes plunge. But the federal government swiftly enacted relief legislation and took other policy actions that stabilized health insurance coverage, increased affordability, and mitigated adverse impacts on health care access and equity during the public health emergency.
Once the federal government ends the PHE, which is expected to happen no sooner than mid-July, states will resume their regular processes and begin reviewing all enrollees’ eligibility. The risk of mass coverage loss is high — experts estimated in recent months that over 15 million people will lose their coverage at the end of the PHE, and that number is likely higher today.
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.
This toolkit is designed to help state and local WIC agencies leverage data from Medicaid and SNAP to measure enrollment gaps and increase enrollment using tools to plan, launch, and/or strengthen data matching and targeted outreach to eligible families who are not receiving WIC benefits.
The robust policy response helped make the COVID-19 recession the shortest on record and helped fuel an economic recovery that has brought the unemployment rate, which peaked at 14.8 percent in April 2020, down to 4.0 percent.