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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:24:55 +0000
This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, and food assistance.
House GOP Bill Could Deprive Millions of Mental Health and Opioid Addiction Treatment
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:34:52 +0000
We explained earlier today why a Republican leadership plan to add $15 billion for behavioral health treatment and maternity coverage and newborn care to the House health bill would do little to offset the enormous damage that the underlying bill would do to millions who would lose these important categories of care.
Here, more specifically, are four ways that the House bill would harm people with mental health and substance use disorders:
House Republican Health Plan Would Increase Premiums
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:59:58 +0000
Speaker Paul Ryan says the House Republican health bill would lower premiums by 10 percent, but that’s highly misleading. It doesn’t mean that the price of your insurance plan would be lower, as Ryan implies. In fact, people who wanted to keep the insurance plan that they have would face premium increases averaging 13 percent, according to a Brookings I
States Have Requested Waivers from SNAP’s Time Limit in High Unemployment Areas for the Past Two Decades
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:32:26 +0000
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) limits most working-age adults not raising minor children to three months of food assistance out of every 36 months unless they are working at least 20 hours a week or otherwise exempt. This law allows states to seek temporary waivers from the time limit for higher-unemployment areas. Every state but Delaware has sought a waiver at some point.
Waivers Add Key State Flexibility to SNAP’s Three-Month Time Limit
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:45:22 +0000
One of the harshest rules in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) limits unemployed individuals aged 18 to 50 not living with children to three months of SNAP benefits in any 36-month period when they aren’t employed or in a work or training program for at least 20 hours a week. Under the rule, implemented as part of the 1996 welfare law, states are not obligated to offer all individuals a work or training program slot, and most do not. SNAP recipients’ benefits are cut off afte
Alaskans Could Suffer the Most Harm Under the House Republican Health Plan
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:54:51 +0000
The House Republican health care plan would impose on Alaska the nation’s largest cut in premium tax credits, a five-fold increase in state costs for new enrollees if Alaska wanted to maintain its Medicaid expansion, and the elimination of key health benefits for Alaska Natives. While the plan would seriously harm all states, Alaska would face a “perfect storm” of detrimental effects that would gut its Medicaid program, destabilize its individual health insurance market, and widen disparities in health coverage. In short, Alaskans would likely lose more under the House plan than residents
If “Essential Health Benefits” Standards Are Repealed, Health Plans Would Cover Little
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:29:56 +0000
The White House and House Republican leaders are reportedly negotiating with House Freedom Caucus members to eliminate federal minimum benefit (“Essential Health Benefits”) standards for individual and small-group market plans as part of the House health bill. That would leave many people with pre-existing conditions unable to find the coverage they need at any price, much less an affordable one; result in women being charged more than men; and expose many people with h
Commentary: The House Republican Health Bill – A Test for Members
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:13:12 +0000
When House GOP leaders unveiled their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House Republicans faced a fundamental question: would they insist on changes to make the bill fairer for the tens of millions of low- and moderate-income people across America who would be treated harshly under it?
Interactive Map: Cost-Sharing Subsidies at Risk Under House GOP Health Bill
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:52:54 +0000
While drastically cutting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium tax credits, the House Republican health bill also eliminates the other, lesser-known marketplace subsidies — cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) — that reduce deductibles, co-payments, and other out-of-pocket costs for more than 6 million marketplace enrollees. Our new interactive map shows what’s at stake in the 39 states whose residents enroll through the federal HealthCare.gov platform.
False Claims That the Medicaid Expansion Is Causing Waiting Lists
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:07:43 +0000
Pushing for huge Medicaid cuts, including ending the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for low-income adults and imposing a per capita cap, some congressional Republicans continue to claim falsely that the Medicaid expansion is squeezing out funding for other Medicaid beneficiaries. Most recently, Senator Ted Cruz and Rep.
House GOP Health Plan Would Accelerate Depletion of Medicare Trust Fund by Four Years
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:22:36 +0000
The House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would move up the Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund’s depletion from 2028 to 2024 (see graph). Repealing a payroll tax on high earners would advance the depletion date by three years, as we previously reported. Additional Medicare payments to hospitals that serve many uninsured payments would advance it one more year, we now estimate.
States Estimating Large Medicaid Cost Shifts, Coverage Losses Under House GOP Plan
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:58:22 +0000
The Republican health plan that the House plans to consider on Thursday would force states to spend billions more to maintain their Medicaid programs (including the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to low-income adults) or, far likelier, cut hundreds of thousands of low-income residents off Medicaid, most of whom would end up uninsured, according to projections by a growing number of state policymakers and independent researchers.
Three Resources Highlight House GOP Health Plan’s Big Tax Cuts for the Rich
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:00:41 +0000
The House GOP health plan would repeal, starting in 2018, two Medicare taxes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that fall only on high-income filers: the additional Hospital Insurance payroll tax on high earners and the Medicare tax on unearned income. These tax cuts together would cost $275 billion over ten years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, and they’re raising increased concerns even within Republican circles.
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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:39:22 +0000
This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, housing, state budgets and taxes, Social Security, food assistance, and the economy.
Also Missing from Trump’s Skinny Budget: $18 Billion in 2017 Cuts
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:25:08 +0000
There’s an $18 billion hole in President Trump’s “skinny” budget: it calls on Congress to cut this year’s funding for non-defense discretionary programs by $18 billion but gives no hint about which programs the President wants to cut.
Trump Budget Slashes State and Local Grants at Tough Time for States
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:04:13 +0000
President Trump’s new budget would push huge additional costs to states at a time when most of them lack the revenue to pay for current services. Low-income families would be particularly hard hit, as the budget eliminates or deeply cuts funding for a wide array of state programs and services that help these families overcome hard times and rise into the middle class.
SNAP Marks Four Years of Falling Caseloads
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:20:34 +0000
The number of SNAP (formerly food stamps) recipients is now below 43 million -- a decline of almost 5 million people (or 10 percent) since the December 2012 peak -- new Agriculture Department data for December 2016 show.
New Mexico Wisely Rescinds Call for Constitutional Convention
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:10:00 +0000
New Mexico lawmakers yesterday rescinded the state’s resolutions of decades ago calling for a national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. That’s important because other states – misled by arguments from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other groups – are calling for a convention, which would put at risk the cherished rights and freedoms that the Constitution provides and deepen the country’s wide divisions.
Trump Budget Harms Those He Promised to Help
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:19:45 +0000
President Trump’s new budget proposal would do severe damage to an array of investments that help many of the very people that President Trump has said would be his priority.
Trump’s “Skinny” Budget Omits Most of the Budget
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:49:49 +0000
President Trump released his so-called “skinny” budget today, and it contains substantially less detail than “skinny” budgets of the last five administrations going back to Ronald Reagan.
Medicaid Offers Access to Needed Care; House GOP Health Bill Would Undermine It
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:46:48 +0000
Promoting the House Republican health proposal that massively cuts federal Medicaid spending, top Administration officials continue to insist that fewer providers are willing to serve Medicaid patients. Studies, however, show that Medicaid beneficiaries have comparable access to care to people with commercial insurance. Moreover, the House proposal would make providers less willing to accept new Medicaid patients because it would likely force states to cut payments to doctors and other providers, threatening access to care for millions of children, seniors, and parents.
House Republican Plan Needs $100 Billion Fund to Maintain Individual Insurance Market
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:09:02 +0000
The House Republican health care bill would destabilize the individual insurance market, raising premiums and reducing insurer participation. To address that problem, the bill provides a $100 billion “stability fund” to help insurers and finance other state initiatives. That’s a major reason why the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts the individual market would generally be stable under the House bill.
Cassidy-Collins Proposal Would Weaken ACA’s Coverage and Consumer Protections
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:46:26 +0000
Senators Bill Cassidy and Susan Collins say their legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would allow people who like the coverage they have to keep it and states that support the ACA to maintain it. In reality, however, their bill would almost certainly take health insurance and access to care away from many millions who now rely on ACA health coverage, especially those with low incomes and pre-existing health conditions.
Trump Budget Continues Multi-Year Assault on IRS Funding Despite Mnuchin’s Call for More Resources
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:29:18 +0000
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget has been cut by 18 percent since 2010, after adjusting for inflation, and the agency has lost roughly 13,000 employees — around 14 percent of its workforce. These cuts have harmed customer service, frustrated honest taxpayers, and undermined critical enforcement efforts to combat tax avoidance and growing identity theft. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, whose department includes the IRS, appears to understand that these cuts are misguided, stating at his confirmation hearing:
President Trump’s Health Promises Don’t Match Facts, CBO Report Shows
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:23:17 +0000
President Trump promised to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with, as he said a few weeks ago, “a very competitive plan” under which “costs will come down [and] health care will go up very substantially. People will like it a lot.” But such promises don’t match the facts.
Cuts Weakening Social Security Administration Services
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:54:01 +0000
Years of Social Security Administration (SSA) funding cuts have hampered the agency’s ability to serve the American people, but President Trump and Congress can begin to address the problem when they turn to funding the government for the rest of fiscal year 2017 and for 2018.