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.
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.
ACA Suit Threatens Disruption, Loss of Protections for Tens of Millions of Medicaid, Medicare Beneficiaries
A top priority for lawmakers this month should be raising SNAP (food stamp) benefits as a way of mitigating hardship and injecting fast, high “bang-for-the-buck” stimulus into the economy.
The number and share of Americans without health insurance coverage rose for the third consecutive year in 2019, according to data released today from the American Community Survey (ACS).
Income rose and poverty declined in 2019, but the number of Americans without health insurance increased for the third consecutive year despite a growing economy.
Next Tuesday’s release of Census Bureau data on health insurance, poverty, and income for 2019 will provide a record of conditions in the United States before the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession hit. Needless to say, those data will bear little resemblance to conditions today.
It would be unwise and self-defeating to let debt concerns deter policymakers from taking needed steps to fight hardship and to bolster and then revive the economy.
Georgia is seeking federal permission to dismantle this pathway to health insurance, endangering coverage and access to care for tens of thousands of people.