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The American Rescue Plan signed in March includes a large new financial incentive for states to adopt Medicaid expansion...
06/21/2021
Medicaid Expansion: Frequently Asked Questions | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The American Rescue Plan signed in March includes a large new financial incentive for states to adopt Medicaid expansion, prompting questions about how expansion works.

We have some answers → https://bit.ly/3vJXWiG

Among those who have gained coverage through Medicaid expansion are millions of workers in front-line and essential industries, including health care workers, bus drivers, grocery stores workers, food manufacturers, and others on whom millions of people rely.

When families struggle to keep up with monthly expenses, they often have to take on expensive debt to make ends meet; a ...
06/21/2021

When families struggle to keep up with monthly expenses, they often have to take on expensive debt to make ends meet; a permanent, monthly Child Tax Credit benefit will help alleviate their need to do so: https://bit.ly/3gJpeBl

When families struggle to keep up with monthly expenses, they often have to take on expensive debt to make ends meet; a permanent, monthly Child Tax Credit benefit will help alleviate their need to do so: https://bit.ly/3gJpeBl

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, food assistance, the economy, and poverty and inequality: https://bit....
06/11/2021

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, food assistance, the economy, and poverty and inequality: https://bit.ly/3geOIq0

This week at CBPP, we focused on health, housing, food assistance, the economy, and poverty and inequality: https://bit.ly/3geOIq0

Extending health insurance to people in the coverage gap benefits uninsured folks w/ incomes below the poverty line who ...
06/10/2021
Closing Medicaid Coverage Gap Would Help Diverse Group and Narrow Racial Disparities | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Extending health insurance to people in the coverage gap benefits uninsured folks w/ incomes below the poverty line who lack access to affordable coverage: 60% of them are people of color. Policymakers could close the coverage gap by creating a federal fallback.

The 2.2 million uninsured adults with incomes below the poverty line who were caught in the Medicaid “coverage gap” in 2019 are a varied group, but they all live in states that have failed to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion.

Several outreach pilot programs have shown that targeted text messaging may help increase awareness about WIC & reach mo...
06/10/2021
Targeted Text Message Outreach Can Increase WIC Enrollment, Pilots Show | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Several outreach pilot programs have shown that targeted text messaging may help increase awareness about WIC & reach more families eligible for enrollment in the program.

Read more here: https://www.cbpp.org/wictexting

Targeted text messaging offers a promising option to states planning strategies to reach more families eligible for WIC, as several recent pilot programs have shown it may help increase awareness about and enrollment in the program.

On our #GreatReads list for the day is this op-ed by Binyamin Appelbaum. We agree: wealthy Americans can save a lot of m...
06/09/2021

On our #GreatReads list for the day is this op-ed by Binyamin Appelbaum. We agree: wealthy Americans can save a lot of money by cheating on their federal income taxes, but that’s nothing compared with how much money they’ve been saving by following the rules.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/opinion/income-tax-billionaires.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

On our #GreatReads list for the day is this op-ed by Binyamin Appelbaum. We agree: wealthy Americans can save a lot of money by cheating on their federal income taxes, but that’s nothing compared with how much money they’ve been saving by following the rules.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/opinion/income-tax-billionaires.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

ICYMI: Last week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, the economy, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, Soc...
06/07/2021
In Case You Missed It... | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

ICYMI: Last week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, the economy, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, Social Security, food assistance, and housing.

This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, the economy, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, Social Security, food assistance, and housing. On poverty and inequality,...

President Biden’s 2022 budget includes a long-overdue boost in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) operating budg...
06/03/2021
After Years of Underinvestment, It’s Time to Rebuild the Social Security Administration | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

President Biden’s 2022 budget includes a long-overdue boost in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) operating budget to improve customer service, but the 10 percent increase is still less than the agency says it needs to do its job effectively.

When policymakers turn to 2022 appropriations to fund the government, they should give SSA enough funds to meet its daunting workload, which has become even more challenging during the COVID-19 crisis.

President Biden’s 2022 budget includes a long-overdue boost in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) operating budget to improve customer service, but the 10 percent increase is still less...

Rainy day funds and other reserves are some of the most important tools states have to preserve the services that people...
06/03/2021
States Should Improve the Design of Their Rainy Day Funds | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Rainy day funds and other reserves are some of the most important tools states have to preserve the services that people need always and especially during economic downturns. But today many states do not save enough.

We explain why states need stronger rainy day funds: https://bit.ly/3pjYUAE

States must balance their budgets even when they face recessions and other unexpected shocks to their revenues.

Enacting a major expansion of the Housing Choice Voucher Program in recovery legislation is the single most important ho...
05/28/2021
Rental Markets Can Absorb Many Additional Housing Vouchers | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Enacting a major expansion of the Housing Choice Voucher Program in recovery legislation is the single most important housing policy lawmakers can adopt to help people with low incomes afford housing and reduce homelessness, housing instability, and overcrowding — and would also do much to cut poverty and reduce racial and ethnic disparities.

Some skeptics of expansion argue that housing shortages would prevent new vouchers from being used, but evidence suggests that rental markets could readily absorb many additional vouchers — particularly if they’re part of a balanced investment package that also funds development of new affordable housing.

Enacting a major expansion of the Housing Choice Voucher Program in recovery legislation is the single most important housing policy lawmakers can adopt to help people with low incomes afford housing...

While the President’s American Jobs Plan includes critical resources to renovate existing public housing and develop mor...
05/27/2021
Large-Scale Investment in Rental Assistance Needed for Equitable Recovery | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

While the President’s American Jobs Plan includes critical resources to renovate existing public housing and develop more affordable housing, it fails to adequately invest in expanding rental assistance to reach those who need it most.

As recovery legislation advances, lawmakers should craft a balanced package that not only builds more housing but also makes sure families with incomes near or below the poverty line can afford a home by significantly expanding Housing Choice Vouchers.

While the President’s American Jobs Plan includes critical resources to renovate existing public housing and develop more affordable housing, it fails to adequately invest in expanding rental assistance to reach those who need it most.

Income assistance and refundable tax credits are linked with improved health outcomes such as healthier birth weights, l...
05/27/2021
Income Support Associated With Improved Health Outcomes for Children, Many Studies Show | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Income assistance and refundable tax credits are linked with improved health outcomes such as healthier birth weights, lower maternal stress, and better childhood nutrition.

Income significantly contributes to opportunities for good health.[1] People with higher incomes can more easily afford to meet the full range of their children’s needs, from nutritious food and...

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would make the tax code fairer and raise substantial revenue without undermining ec...
05/25/2021
Reversing Corporate Tax Cuts to Fund Infrastructure Would Boost Equity and Growth | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would make the tax code fairer and raise substantial revenue without undermining economic growth.

Our newly updated paper has the details, including analyses from Moody’s Analytics and International Monetary Fund (IMF) researchers with further evidence on the equity and growth benefits of this approach.

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which would finance high-return infrastructure investments partly by undoing some of the dramatic 2017 corporate tax cuts, would make the tax code fairer and...

Congress should adopt provisions in the American Families Plan to make expansions to the EITC and CTC permanent, which w...
05/24/2021
Congress Should Adopt American Families Plan’s Permanent Expansions of Child Tax Credit and EITC, Make Additional Provisions Permanent | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Congress should adopt provisions in the American Families Plan to make expansions to the EITC and CTC permanent, which would reduce child poverty & provide income support for millions of people. It should also go further.

Congress should adopt these proposed changes, which would result in reductions of child poverty and provide income support for millions of people. And it should go two steps further.

This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, family income support,...
05/21/2021
In Case You Missed It... | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, family income support, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, family income support, poverty and inequality, and the economy. On food assistance, Zoë...

The American Rescue Plan, enacted in March, gives states a time-limited opportunity to receive more than $11 billion in ...
05/19/2021
States Should Act Quickly for New Home- and Community-Based Services Funding | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The American Rescue Plan, enacted in March, gives states a time-limited opportunity to receive more than $11 billion in added federal Medicaid funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS). This funding can help seniors and people with disabilities receive services safely in the community rather than in nursing homes and other congregate care settings. But it’s only available for 12 months, and states must submit their spending plans to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by June 12, so they need to act quickly.

The American Rescue Plan, enacted in March, gives states a time-limited opportunity to receive more than $11 billion in added federal Medicaid funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS)....

The American Families Plan would:- Eliminate stepped-up basis loophole for wealthy households - Tax dividends/capital ga...
05/17/2021
Biden Proposals Would Reduce Large Tax Advantages for Those at the Top, Address Tax Gap | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The American Families Plan would:
- Eliminate stepped-up basis loophole for wealthy households
- Tax dividends/capital gains of high-income households at the same rate as wages
- Eliminate carried interest loophole
- Raise top marginal rate back to 39.6%

More here: https://bit.ly/3tB4Ghz

Income and wealth have become increasingly concentrated in recent decades as the fortunes of those at the very top have surged.

People who buy coverage in the health insurance marketplaces, including at HealthCare.gov, will get a bigger tax credit ...
05/17/2021
Rescue Plan’s Premium Tax Credit Improvements Help Now and at Next Tax Filing | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

People who buy coverage in the health insurance marketplaces, including at HealthCare.gov, will get a bigger tax credit to reduce their premiums in 2021 and 2022 under the American Rescue Plan, and some will see savings on their 2020 tax returns due today, May 17.

People who buy coverage in the health insurance marketplaces, including at HealthCare.gov, will get a bigger tax credit to reduce their premiums in 2021 and 2022 under the American Rescue Plan, and...

The ACA expanded access to affordable coverage for adults under 65, increasing coverage for all age groups, races & ethn...
05/17/2021
Recovery Legislation Should Build On Affordable Care Act Improvements in Coverage for Adults Over 55 | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The ACA expanded access to affordable coverage for adults under 65, increasing coverage for all age groups, races & ethnicities, education levels, & incomes. Gains were greatest in states that expanded Medicaid, where the uninsured rate dropped by 43%.

Under the ACA, older adults’ uninsured rate has dropped by a third, indicators of their health and wellness have improved, and they’re now protected from coverage exclusions and cost increases due to pre-existing conditions.

The pandemic and resulting economic downturn have caused widespread hardship and hit state budgets hard. And while the A...
04/29/2021
Rigid Limits on State Taxes and Spending Damage Families and Communities | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The pandemic and resulting economic downturn have caused widespread hardship and hit state budgets hard. And while the American Rescue Plan provides significant help, states need to proactively respond to short- and long-term pressures by raising the resources needed to limit economic hardship for those most affected by the pandemic and advance equity-oriented, antiracist policies and public investments.

The health and economic crisis due to COVID-19 calls for states to raise revenues and invest in communities, not set harmful, arbitrary limits on doing so, as some state lawmakers have proposed. The...

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unconstitutional, federal Judge ruled Medicaid Working rules broke the law.
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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.
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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?
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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!