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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, family income support, housing, food assistance, and the economy.

On health, Hannah Katch warned that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ decision to let states impose work requirements in Medicaid would harm the unemployed, rather than promote work. Peggy Bailey noted that Washington State’s waiver shows how Medicaid can support work. Jesse Cross-Call pointed to more evidence that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion has produced not only historic health coverage gains but other far-reaching positive effects as well. We updated our timeline tracking efforts to undermine the ACA.

On family income support, LaDonna Pavetti laid out evidence from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program that shows work requirements don’t work.

On housing, we published an interactive table showing how the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s policy to tie housing voucher subsidies to market rents in individual zip codes affects target areas.

On food assistance, Elizabeth Wolkomir highlighted new Agriculture Department data showing that SNAP (formerly food stamps) helped millions after last fall’s hurricanes.

On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.

Chart of the Week – Most Adults With Medicaid Work – and Those Who Don’t Mainly Are Ill or Disabled, Caring for Family, or Going to School

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

The Trump administration’s Medicaid announcement isn’t really about ‘work’
January 12, 2018

Critics say Trump’s plan to put Medicaid recipients to work is a bad idea. Here’s why.
NBC News
January 11, 2018

The spending caps that could shut down the federal government, explained
January 9, 2018

Hoping for a home: Residents claim spots on waiting lists for Allentown public housing
The Morning Call
January 8, 2018

It’s Not Just Freezing Classrooms in Baltimore. America’s Schools Are Physically Falling Apart.
Mother Jones
January 6, 2018

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