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Mission: The Center is dedicated to improving government policies toward low- and middle-income Americans and ensuring that government has the resources to meet its responsibilities and address critical needs. The Center also helps other nonprofits, both in Washington, DC and across the country, participate more effectively in policy debates over budget priorities and reducing poverty and inequality.

Amid COVID-19, health insurance is more important than ever. With open enrollment starting November 1, people who need c...
10/30/2020

Amid COVID-19, health insurance is more important than ever. With open enrollment starting November 1, people who need coverage should check out their options on HealthCare.gov or their state marketplace: https://bit.ly/2HKUHUT

The Trump administration has weakened federal standards for short-term health plans, leaving more people without compreh...
10/23/2020
Commentary: Growing Evidence Shows Need for Stronger Rules for Short-Term Health Plans

The Trump administration has weakened federal standards for short-term health plans, leaving more people without comprehensive coverage. CBPP's Sarah Luek explains why these kinds of health insurance need stronger rules to protect consumers.

The Administration weakened federal standards for short-term plans, and it argues that they just represent a cheaper option for informed consumers who understand the risks. But as enrollment in these plans rises, they are leaving more people without comprehensive coverage.

If the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the Supreme Court, Medicaid expansion would end. This would take health cov...
10/22/2020

If the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the Supreme Court, Medicaid expansion would end. This would take health coverage away from millions of people, reduce access to care, and increase premature death, debt, & uncompensated care costs. https://bit.ly/3jouhVX

To achieve an antiracist and inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19’s ravaging of jobs and state budgets, states must...
10/22/2020
States Must Improve Finances in Antiracist Response to COVID-19

To achieve an antiracist and inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19’s ravaging of jobs and state budgets, states must fill their revenue shortfalls in equitable ways while building a foundation to grow thriving, inclusive communities.

Here's how ↓

To achieve an antiracist and inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19’s ravaging of jobs and state budgets, states must fill their revenue shortfalls in equitable ways while building a foundation to grow thriving, inclusive communities. COVID-19 and the recession it spurred upended state finances...

More than 4 in 10 children live in households that struggle to meet usual household expenses, our analysis of Census Bur...
10/22/2020
4 in 10 Children Live in a Household Struggling to Afford Basics

More than 4 in 10 children live in households that struggle to meet usual household expenses, our analysis of Census Bureau data finds.

Along with other data showing that hardship has significantly worsened due to COVID-19 and the recession that it spurred, the figures underscore the need for policymakers to agree on a strong, bipartisan economic relief package.

The figures underscore the need for policymakers to agree on a strong, bipartisan economic relief package.

Sunday’s federal court decision striking down a Trump Administration rule that would have eliminated SNAP (food stamps) ...
10/20/2020
Court Decision Against Trump Rule Preserves SNAP for 700,000 Jobless

Sunday’s federal court decision striking down a Trump Administration rule that would have eliminated SNAP (food stamps) for 700,000 low-income jobless workers means that the punitive, ill-conceived rule — already temporarily suspended due to the pandemic — can’t take effect even when the public health emergency ends.

Sunday’s federal court decision striking down a Trump Administration rule that would have eliminated SNAP (food stamps) for 700,000 low-income jobless workers means that the punitive, ill-conceived rule — already temporarily suspended due to the pandemic — can’t take effect even when the pub...

As President Trump sends mixed signals about his support for a new economic relief bill, states and localities urgently ...
10/20/2020
States, Localities Need Federal Aid to Restore Jobs, Avoid More Layoffs

As President Trump sends mixed signals about his support for a new economic relief bill, states and localities urgently need additional fiscal aid so they can both rehire workers they laid off or furloughed this spring and avoid additional layoffs and budget cuts that they will likely otherwise make to balance their budgets this fiscal year: https://bit.ly/3lZ8hme

As President Trump sends mixed signals about his support for a new economic relief bill, states and localities urgently need additional fiscal aid so they can both rehire workers they laid off or furloughed this spring and avoid additional layoffs and budget cuts that they will likely otherwise make...

ICYMI: In a victory for fiscal policy and racial justice, California has repealed some county fees and eliminated the re...
10/19/2020
California Criminal Fee Repeal a Big Step for Racial Justice, Equitable Policy

ICYMI: In a victory for fiscal policy and racial justice, California has repealed some county fees and eliminated the related unpaid debt.

As other states consider how to respond to the COVID-19 recession in ways that dismantle racial and economic barriers, they should follow California’s action, which will permanently end 23 criminal legal fees, such as probation fees for public defenders, parole supervision fees, and local booking fees.

In a victory for fiscal policy and racial justice, California has repealed some county fees and eliminated the related unpaid debt. As other states consider how to respond to the COVID-19 recession in ways that dismantle racial and economic barriers, they should follow California’s action, which w...

Arizona voters on November 3 could take a giant step toward educational equity that would help every schoolchild in the ...
10/19/2020
Arizona Ballot Measure Would Help More Kids Thrive

Arizona voters on November 3 could take a giant step toward educational equity that would help every schoolchild in the state, with outsized benefits to kids of color and kids whose families have low incomes: https://bit.ly/3kbSAYx

Arizona voters on November 3 could take a giant step toward educational equity that would help every schoolchild in the state, with outsized benefits to kids of color and kids whose families have low incomes. The Invest in Education Initiative (Proposition 208) would boost the state’s K-12 school ...

How states can cut Medicaid costs by reducing spending on prescription drugs, rather than making cuts that could reduce ...
10/19/2020
Options to Reduce State Medicaid Costs: Prescription Drugs

How states can cut Medicaid costs by reducing spending on prescription drugs, rather than making cuts that could reduce access to care. ↓↓↓

As states seek cost-saving options to address their substantial budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 economic crisis, they should consider ways to reduce prescription drug spending rather than cuts in benefits or provider reimbursement rates.

Now that New Jersey has repealed its “family cap” law that denied more cash assistance to families that have another chi...
10/19/2020
States Should Follow New Jersey: Repeal Racist “Family Cap”

Now that New Jersey has repealed its “family cap” law that denied more cash assistance to families that have another child while enrolled in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the 12 remaining states with these laws in their TANF programs should follow suit.

The laws not only have racist and sexist roots but constitute bad policy, denying children the resources they need to thrive: https://bit.ly/35ct6nl

Now that New Jersey has repealed its “family cap” law that denied more cash assistance to families that have another child while enrolled in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the 12 remaining states with these laws in their TANF programs should follow suit. The laws not...

Arizona voters will decide this fall whether to enact a targeted tax increase on high-income residents through Propositi...
10/19/2020

Arizona voters will decide this fall whether to enact a targeted tax increase on high-income residents through Proposition 208 (the Invest in Education Initiative), which could deliver a sizable boost to the state’s finances, make its tax system fairer, provide big benefits to children and schools, and boost the state economy’s long-term potential: https://bit.ly/3dDteQC

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are supporting a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the ACA. If t...
10/06/2020
Rounding Up the Risks of the ACA Repeal Lawsuit

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are supporting a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the ACA. If the lawsuit were to succeed, more than 20 million people would lose health insurance, and millions more would face higher costs for health insurance or health care.

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court are scheduled for November 10. As they approach, we have released new and updated materials outlining the damage that would result from striking down the ACA.

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are supporting a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the lawsuit were to succeed, more than 20 million people would lose health insurance, and millions more would face higher costs for health insurance or health....

Why we urgently need COVID-19 relief: Unemployment is very high and millions of people report their households did not g...
09/30/2020
Tracking the COVID-19 Recession’s Effects on Food, Housing, and Employment Hardships

Why we urgently need COVID-19 relief: Unemployment is very high and millions of people report their households did not get enough to eat or that they are behind in paying the rent.

Our updated tracker of the hardship American families are facing.

Tens of millions of people are out of work and millions report that their households did not get enough to eat or that they are behind in paying the rent.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments November 10 in California v. Texas, in which the Trump Administration and 18 ...
09/30/2020
ACA Suit Threatens Disruption, Loss of Protections for Tens of Millions of Medicaid, Medicare Beneficiaries

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments November 10 in California v. Texas, in which the Trump Administration and 18 Republican attorneys general are asking the courts to invalidate the entire ACA.

Tens of millions of Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries face direct harm from the lawsuit — which strengthened and updated both programs, transforming Medicaid’s eligibility rules and Medicare’s payment systems.

Tens of millions of Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries face direct harm from a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — which strengthened and updated both programs, transforming Medicaid’s eligibility rules and Medicare’s payment systems. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments...

Speaker Pelosi's revised COVID-19 relief package is well-designed and urgently needed. CBPP's Bob Greenstein on why it i...
09/30/2020
Greenstein: New Relief Proposal Well Designed, Urgently Needed

Speaker Pelosi's revised COVID-19 relief package is well-designed and urgently needed. CBPP's Bob Greenstein on why it is a hopeful step in the right direction. ↓↓↓

CBPP today released a statement from Robert Greenstein, president, on the new COVID-19 relief package from House Speaker Pelosi: The resulting package is both well designed and urgently needed.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s release yesterday of a revised package to address the virus and economic slu...

The government funding package that Congress expects to pass this week includes important nutrition assistance, but poli...
09/24/2020
Without More Action, Policymakers Will Let Food Hardship Continue

The government funding package that Congress expects to pass this week includes important nutrition assistance, but policymakers don’t seem likely to agree in the near term to a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package — even with the latest data again showing that millions of adults (and many of their children) are struggling to get enough to eat, and facing significant housing hardship, which we detail further here.

The failure of policymakers to enact comprehensive relief would mark an abdication of responsibility.

The government funding package that Congress expects to pass this week includes important nutrition assistance, but policymakers don’t seem likely to agree in the near term to a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package — even with the latest data again showing that millions of adults (and many of t...

HAPPENING NOW: CBPP's Vice President for Health Policy Aviva Aron-Dine testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Su...
09/23/2020
Hearing on “Health Care Lifeline: The Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 Pandemic”

HAPPENING NOW: CBPP's Vice President for Health Policy Aviva Aron-Dine testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health about how the Affordable Care Act is a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. Watch: https://energycommerce.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/hearing-on-health-care-lifeline-the-affordable-care-act-and-the-covid-19

The Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a virtual hearing at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. The hearing is entitled, “Health Care Lifeline: The Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Key Documents Memorandum from Chairman Pallone to ...

Today's U.S. Census Bureau's data from 2019 bear little resemblance to conditions today, as the pandemic & recession hav...
09/15/2020
Uninsured Rate Rose in 2019; Income and Poverty Data Overtaken by Pandemic Recession

Today's U.S. Census Bureau's data from 2019 bear little resemblance to conditions today, as the pandemic & recession have fundamentally altered the economic landscape.

More on today's data from CBPP President Bob Greenstein
and our analysis here.

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.

Great Read from Bloomberg: "Trump's promise to abolish the ACA & replace it with something better remains unfulfilled. I...
09/15/2020
Uninsured Numbers Rise in Wake of Trump’s Attack on Obamacare

Great Read from Bloomberg: "Trump's promise to abolish the ACA & replace it with something better remains unfulfilled. Instead, his actions have boosted the program’s costs for many & the number of uninsured Americans has grown."

As Donald Trump seeks a second term as U.S. president, his promise to abolish Obamacare and replace it with something better remains unfulfilled. Instead, his actions have boosted the program’s costs for many and the number of uninsured Americans has grown.

New from CBPP and Food Research & Action Center: How congressional inaction is making hardship worse, and a few ideas fo...
09/15/2020
Congressional Inaction Exacerbates Hardship

New from CBPP and Food Research & Action Center: How congressional inaction is making hardship worse, and a few ideas for how they could use nutrition assistance to make things better. ↓

Extending P-EBT in combination with other measures to provide additional food assistance, increase income, and stabilize housing would provide ongoing, needed relief.

Five million Americans who were hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis risk missing out on $6 billion in ...
09/14/2020
30 Days Left to Help Eligible People Claim Stimulus Payments

Five million Americans who were hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis risk missing out on $6 billion in CARES Act stimulus payments if they don’t file the required online form before October 15.

We have just 30 days left to help people access their $1,200 payment.

Five million Americans who were hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis risk missing out on $6 billion in CARES Act stimulus payments if they don’t file the required online form before October 15. We all have a vital role to play in helping them access their $1,200 payments, which ar...

TODAY: Join us at 2-2:30pm EST / 11-11:30am PST for a Facebook Live with New America where we will discuss the campaign ...
09/14/2020

TODAY: Join us at 2-2:30pm EST / 11-11:30am PST for a Facebook Live with New America where we will discuss the campaign for stimulus payment outreach and what you can do to help eligible individuals receive their funds.

We have 30 days to ensure that 12 million Americans who have been hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis file an online form to receive their stimulus payments.

Join us next Monday, September 14 from 2-2:30pm EST / 11-11:30am PST for a Facebook Live with New America where we will discuss the campaign for stimulus payment outreach and what you can do to help eligible individuals receive their funds.

ICYMI: Join us on MONDAY, September 14 from 2-2:30pm EST / 11-11:30am PST for a Facebook Live with New America where we ...
09/11/2020

ICYMI: Join us on MONDAY, September 14 from 2-2:30pm EST / 11-11:30am PST for a Facebook Live with New America where we will discuss the campaign for stimulus payment outreach and what individuals eligible for the federal stimulus can do to receive their funds.

State policymakers will soon begin addressing shortfalls that have already arisen in their current budgets even as they ...
09/10/2020
States Expect More Damaging Cuts Without More Federal Aid

State policymakers will soon begin addressing shortfalls that have already arisen in their current budgets even as they prepare next year’s budgets, and many states are bracing to make deeper, more damaging cuts than they’ve already imposed if they don’t receive additional federal fiscal aid.

State policymakers will soon begin addressing shortfalls that have already arisen in their current budgets even as they prepare next year’s budgets, and many states are bracing to make deeper, more damaging cuts than they’ve already imposed if they don’t receive additional federal fiscal aid. ...

The harsh recession and deep state budget crisis triggered by COVID-19 are causing sizable public-sector job losses, esp...
09/10/2020
Needed: Federal Aid to Reverse Deep Public-Sector Job Cuts, Including in Education

The harsh recession and deep state budget crisis triggered by COVID-19 are causing sizable public-sector job losses, especially in K-12 and higher education, the latest jobs data show.

More large, flexible federal fiscal aid is needed to reverse as many of these losses as possible and prevent new ones.

The harsh recession and deep state budget crisis triggered by COVID-19 are causing sizable public-sector job losses, especially in K-12 and higher education, the latest jobs data show. More large, flexible federal fiscal aid — which stalled in Congress even as the crisis intensified — is needed ...

Rising federal debt should not deter policymakers from enacting additional relief measures to alleviate widespread hards...
09/10/2020
More Economic Relief Needed, Despite Rising Debt

Rising federal debt should not deter policymakers from enacting additional relief measures to alleviate widespread hardship and keep the economic recovery from losing steam.

Rising federal debt should not deter policymakers from enacting additional relief measures to alleviate widespread hardship and keep the economic recovery from losing steam. COVID-19, the resulting recession, and legislation enacted to fight them are driving federal borrowing and debt to historicall...

Medicaid enrollment rose 8.4 percent from February to July as millions of Americans lost their jobs or experienced sharp...
09/09/2020

Medicaid enrollment rose 8.4 percent from February to July as millions of Americans lost their jobs or experienced sharp income losses due to the COVID-19 recession.

The growing need for Medicaid coincides with a large and growing state budget crisis, which has already prompted some states to cut Medicaid and will likely prompt more to do so unless the federal government provides more aid to states: https://bit.ly/33cd1x7

We have 30 days to ensure that 12 million Americans who have been hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis ...
09/09/2020

We have 30 days to ensure that 12 million Americans who have been hit hardest by the current health and economic crisis file an online form to receive their stimulus payments.

Join us next Monday, September 14 from 2-2:30pm EST / 11-11:30am PST for a Facebook Live with New America where we will discuss the campaign for stimulus payment outreach and what you can do to help eligible individuals receive their funds.

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https://www.cbpp.org/sabotage-watch-tracking-efforts-to-undermine-the-acaPresident Trump has said that, politically, the best thing to do would be to let the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “explode.” This timeline tracks Administration actions that would sabotage the ACA by destabilizing private insurance markets and reversing the law’s historic gains in health coverage. If you depend on the ACA for your healthcare or think you might, you will want to read this article. I was surprised by all the ways Trump is undermining the ACA!
Welfare hurts children. It's not astrophysics. Single mothers do not read to their children; they do not set rules, or have any expectations or demands. WHY do you NOT CARE? These children are suffering from Welfare.!!!!!!!!!!! They are depressed, abject. How do I know? I have worked with them!!!!!!!!!!! HAVE A CARE.
Here's a question: What is the biggest Housing discrimination that is grossly overlooked and not even mentioned in the fair housing laws.? Answer The discrimination through the pricing of property for sale. How lands are being made affordable for the wealthy class but not so much for the average middle class,lower class and poor.These people are being forces to lived in slums because they can't afford to live any where else on their salary. the American Dream of owning your own home and land is pretty much out of the reach of those not bringing home a million dollar salary. No one wants to go into deep debt to loans from Bankers and Mortgage company's. Its a scam that has screwed Billions. This is loan sharking and should be illegal, not seen as business as usual.
LOOKY HERE, ONE THING OHIO HAS GOTTEN RIGHT😇⚡
So this is interesting. CT. is getting over 1.3 million for education alone...I ask my friends on negotiations and such...how can we use this information?
Please read this. Our Americans would never work in the fields and do some low wage jobs.
So glad someone is finally speaking up for disabled veterans regarding the stimulus issue. I've heard nothing like this from any other source, not even the DAV or any other veterans advocacy group. Thank you. I hope those in power don't forget about us!
I hope you and others will put in place a way for the neediest to receive a stimulus check. Fifteen years ago with a cancer threat and an autistic child my finances became such that the bank wouldn't even allow me a checking account for direct deposit for wages. Now I'm OK. I did manage a savings account for direct deposit. Someone needs to help the un-banked get a bank account.
Just know that while you are waiting for that check, what Trump and his goons are doing.
THIS. Though with regard to housing, Ben Carson did mention a cessation of foreclosures and evictions. He mentioned HOUSES; I do hope the eviction process includes those in apartments?
No Means Testing. Everyone is impacted and needsw help. NOW!