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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health care, poverty and income, the federal budget and taxes, welfare reform, and food assistance.

  • On health care, Matt Broaddus previewed the Census Bureau’s upcoming health insurance coverage estimates.  Edwin Park explained how a House bill would undo health reform protections and raise small business premiums.
  • On poverty and income, Arloc Sherman previewed the Census Bureau’s upcoming poverty and income figures.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, we reviewed how the federal budget process is supposed to work — and what happens when it doesn’t.
  • On welfare reform, LaDonna Pavetti critiqued a recent study on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program’s response to increased need during the Great Recession.
  • On food assistance, Zoë Neuberger highlighted how schools can do more to shield children from hunger.

Robert Greenstein issued a commentary on issues raised by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Opportunity Grant” proposal.  We issued papers on how a House bill would raise small business premiums and undercut health reform’s consumer protections, new research that shows the limits of risk adjustment in protecting traditional Medicare under premium support, and the flaws in a recent study on TANF’s response to increased need during the Great Recession.  We updated our explainer on the federal budget process.  Finally, ahead of the Census Bureau’s upcoming release of poverty, income, and health insurance data, we released papers on understanding next week’s figures on poverty and inequality and health insurance coverage.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week:


A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

David Sarasohn: Expanded free lunch reduces hunger and stigma
The Oregonian (OR)
September 9, 2014

Local residents languish for years on HUD voucher waiting list
McPherson Sentinel (KS)
September 8, 2014

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