Rubio in Good Position to Negotiate Inclusion of Improved Child Tax Credit in Final Tax Bill

A recent report by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) rightly argues that the Rubio-Lee Child Tax Credit (CTC) amendment should be included in the final congressional tax bill.
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The CHIP Funding Roller Coaster Hurts Florida Kids and Families

In September, we sounded the alarm that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was about to expire. Now, more than two months later, there still has been no action from Congress. This ongoing delay in funding is putting thousands of Florida families at risk and on edge.
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Feds Welcome State Proposals to Restrict Medicaid Eligibility

The Florida Policy Institute released a new report, “ Medicaid Premiums and Work Requirements: A Prescription for Higher Costs and Lower Heath Care Coverage,” earlier this month. Since then, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has given additional signals of its strong support for state proposals to implement new Medicaid eligibility restrictions, like work requirements, making it more difficult for people to obtain or maintain coverage.
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Children in Florida’s Criminal Justice System Deserve Much More From the Adults Responsible for Their Care

At the very least, DJJ should be replacing the camera systems in all of its residential facilities with cameras that are tamper-proof. In the department’s state budget request for the coming year it seeks $250,000 for facility updates that also include purchasing emergency generators, updating fire safety systems and replacing porcelain toilets with ones that are stainless steel. The request belies any sense of urgency on the part of DJJ to address the problem.
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Unless Congress Acts to Prevent the Collapse of Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Program, Millions in Additional Costs Will Shift to Florida

A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research concludes that unless Congress acts quickly to change Puerto Rico’s Medicaid funding model, both federal and state Medicaid budgets will incur billions more in costs. Thousands of Puerto Ricans will be forced to relocate stateside to get the health care they need, and this health care is significantly more expensive. Since Florida is the most popular destination for Puerto Rican relocation, the state will bear a disproportionate amount of these costs.
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Florida’s New Long-Range Financial Outlook: Thinking About the Budget Outside the Box

The Florida Legislature has adopted its long-range financial outlook for the next three years, based on projected revenues and expenditures for that period. Although the projection for the coming year includes an insignificant surplus (for state budget purposes) of $52 million, the projection for the latter two years shows a shortfall of more than $1 billion per year. These figures do not include the state fiscal impacts of Hurricane Irma.
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Takeaways from New Census Data: Despite Gains, Florida Trails Nation in Measures of Well-Being

The U.S. Census Bureau last week released results from the 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS) and its state-level counterpart, the American Community Survey (ACS), on health insurance, poverty and income, with Florida seeing gains in these indicators of residents’ well-being. However, the Sunshine State still lags behind the national average in all three of these categories. The state must do more to promote economic security and opportunity for all Floridians by preserving anti-poverty programs.
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Children’s Health Insurance Program on the Brink

It’s time to sound the alarm for the Children’s Health Insurance program (CHIP), according to a new blog by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Congress must act by the end of this month to renew federal funding and keep the program alive.
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Report on Preventable Health Care Events Highlights Agency Work to Improve Medicaid Quality of Care and Reduce Costs

A new report from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration focuses on potentially preventable emergency room visits and hospital admissions to help answer the question, “What are we getting for our money?”
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The Growing Divide: Federal Tax Plan Would Give Massive Tax Cuts to Wealthy Floridians as the Poorest Americans Continue to Struggle

The federal tax plan broadly outlined by the current administration would do very little to create opportunities for Floridians struggling to make ends meet. Instead, the tax plan would provide massive tax cuts for Florida’s highest income earners, accordingly to a recent report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). Broadly outlined, the plan is likely to make an already unfair tax system that favors the wealthy even worse. Specific changes in the tax proposal are also likely to undermine state support for core services, which provide a pathway to self-sufficiency and economic independence for millions of moderate- and low-income Floridians.
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