While this program provides important nutritional benefits, its support is limited in contrast to the benefits provided under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
States, localities, tribal nations, and U.S. territories like Puerto Rico still face large shortfalls for this fiscal year and the next in funding schools, health care, and other basic public services.
When parents have health insurance, their children are more likely to be insured, a highly credible recent study confirms. Medicaid coverage expansions for parents over the years, including the Affordable Care Act’s expansion, have translated into significant coverage gains for children.
The figures underscore the need for policymakers to agree on a strong, bipartisan economic relief package.
If the Trump Administration and a group of 18 states convince the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its Medicaid expansion — which covers more than 12 million low-income adults across the country — would end along with the rest of the law.
A growing body of research shows that Medicaid expansion is yielding significant benefits for those gaining coverage, their families, and their communities.
These payments can provide a lifeline to families whose low TANF benefits may be their only source of income.
Millions of low-income families are at risk of missing out on stimulus payments because they do not file taxes or receive certain federal benefits. Medicaid application assisters, providers, and state and local agencies can conduct outreach to ensure they get the payments.
Governors and other state officials can play a central role in reaching these individuals.
State and local SNAP agencies can play a vital role in informing program participants of the availability of the cash payment and connecting them to resources to secure these payments.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the primary cash assistance program for families with the lowest incomes, is at its weakest point in the program’s history in most states.
Policy Brief: TANF Benefits Still Too Low to Help Families, Especially Black Families, Avoid Increased Hardship
ACA Repeal Lawsuit Would Cut Taxes for Top 0.1 Percent by an Average of $198,000, Weaken Medicare Trust Fund
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, striking down the ACA would have caused 20 million people to lose health coverage; the Supreme Court will likely decide the case in 2021, when striking down the law would lead to even larger coverage losses.
None of the supposed alternatives to the ACA offered by the Trump Administration or congressional Republicans have the features required to maintain affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
The Supreme Court will likely decide the case in the spring of 2021, when the unemployment rate is expected to still be about 10 percent and possibly amid a continuing COVID-19 public health crisis.
Eliminating Federal Protections for People with Health Conditions Would Mean Return to Dysfunctional Pre-ACA Individual Market
The law is once again under threat, as the Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire ACA.
While the new package scales back the House-passed Heroes bill from $3.4 trillion to $2.2 trillion, it does so in sound ways, and the resulting package is both well designed and urgently needed.