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April 8, 2020

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Policymakers are appropriately considering additional stimulus measures in the face of mounting job losses and other dire economic signs due to COVID-19, and a top item on their list should be raising SNAP (food stamp) benefits as a way of injecting fast, high “bang-for-the-buck” stimulus into the economy.

SNAP has proven to be one of the most effective mechanisms available both to...

Empty Shelves
Stacy Dean

Vice President for Food Assistance Policy

April 3, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, state budgets and taxes, the economy, health, food assistance, and Social Security.

On the federal budget, Chuck Marr urged the Treasury Department and IRS to

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April 3, 2020

Here are the CBPP statements, papers, blog posts, and tweet threads to date on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic; we’ll update this list as we issue more analyses.

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April 2, 2020

April 3, 2020: We’ve updated this post.

It’s welcome news that Treasury and the IRS will use the authority that Congress gave them to automatically provide stimulus payments to Social Security and railroad retirement beneficiaries who do not usually file a tax return, instead of making them file one. It’s imperative that they do the same for some 3 million very low-income...

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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

April 2, 2020

There’s confusion about whether unemployed workers not raising minor children in their home can get SNAP, given Trump Administration efforts to tighten a rule limiting them to three months of benefits and a new law temporarily suspending that rule due to the coronavirus emergency. Fortunately, the temporary suspension means they can get SNAP throughout the current health emergency....

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April 1, 2020

By providing $8 billion for 574 federally recognized tribes in its $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for tribal, state, local, and territorial governments, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act marked a historic federal recognition of tribes —...

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March 31, 2020

The Secretary of the Treasury and IRS Commissioner should make a clear public statement that seniors and people with disabilities who receive Social Security won’t have to file a tax return to receive their stimulus rebate.

An IRS newsletter released March 30 suggests that Social...

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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

March 31, 2020

While some states have responded to COVID-19 by quickly using Medicaid’s flexibilities to help people maintain their coverage and remove barriers to care, others are instead restricting Medicaid. Some still aren’t implementing the Affordable...

Surgical Masks
March 30, 2020

States received a significant temporary increase in federal Medicaid funding in the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law on March 18. In exchange for this increase in federal funding, they can’t impose new Medicaid eligibility restrictions, or take away people’s coverage, during the...

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March 27, 2020

This week at CBPP, we focused on the economy, state budgets and taxes, health, food assistance, and the federal budget.

On the economy, Robert Greenstein stated that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes important aid, but there is...

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