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White House wants to deliver food to the poor, Blue Apron-style

White House wants to deliver food to the poor, Blue Apron-style

Think of it as Blue Apron for food stamp recipients. “USDA America’s Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families — and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] participants currently receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers.”
Part of the president’s fiscal 2019 budget blueprint, the idea immediately sparked concerns and questions among consumer advocates and food retailers.
They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80% of those in the program.
Here’s how it would work: Instead of receiving all their food stamp funds, households would get a box of food that the government describes as nutritious and 100% grown and produced in the U.S.
The box would be valued at about half of the SNAP recipient’s monthly benefit.
The administration didn’t detail exactly how families would receive the food boxes, saying states could distribute them through existing infrastructure, partnerships or directly to residences through delivery services.
The proposal would save nearly $130 billion over 10 years, as well as improve the nutritional value of the program and reduce the potential for fraud, according to the administration.
Plus, it could be difficult for families to pick up the box, especially if they don’t have a car.

Trump budget cuts food stamps, relies on Medicaid reductions

Trump budget cuts food stamps, relies on Medicaid reductions

Trump budget cuts food stamps, relies on Medicaid reductions.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration will formally send its first budget plan to Congress on Tuesday morning, relying heavily on an Obamacare reform plan that is far from certain and deep cuts to Medicaid and food stamps — two programs that benefit lower-income families — to pay for increases in military spending, border security and controversial school choice efforts.
Mulvaney also made clear that additional funding for school choice programs would be included in the budget, though neither those details nor those of other cuts intended to pay for those increases were released.
Budget documents released by the administration indicated a cost of only about $19 billion over 10 years and seemed to suggest that states would be allowed to establish paid parental leave programs they deemed “most appropriate.” Trump’s budget, like any other proposed by a president in recent years, is more of a statement of his priorities and policy beliefs than a document expected to approved as-is by Congress.
And the budget’s reliance on the savings contemplated by the American Health Care Act passed early this month, including some $800 billion over 10 years in reductions to Medicaid spending, is uncertain at best.
It also reduces payments for Medicaid as proposed under the AHCA, though the budget documents indicated a savings of $610 billion over a decade and not the $880 billion estimated some months ago by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
The CBO this week is scheduled to release new estimates as to the impact of the health care act as passed by the House this month, since changes were made to it before the vote.
The CBO had estimated that some 14 million people could lose coverage under the initial Republican proposal by 2018.
The proposed health care act would cut back on federal cost-sharing for Medicaid expansion programs and eventually limit payments under Medicaid.
While the proposed reforms to the food stamps program weren’t immediately known, they could have large impact in Michigan as well, with nearly 1.4 million people, including 558,223 children, receiving food assistance in March.

Budget chief: Trump could review entitlement reform after first budget
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Budget chief: Trump could review entitlement reform after first budget

Budget chief: Trump could review entitlement reform after first budget.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday that President Trump could soon review potential reforms to Social Security and Medicare — but he stressed that the reforms under consideration wouldn’t touch payments for current beneficiaries.
Mulvaney said he plans to prepare several entitlement reform proposals for Trump after finishing the White House’s first budget outline proposal this week.
Mulvaney previously said the top-line budget proposal wouldn’t address entitlements.
Mulvaney, a fiscal hawk, said he’s trying to garner support for entitlement reform that follows Trump’s campaign promise not to touch Social Security and Medicare payments for current recipients.
“I’ve already started to socialize the discussion around here in the West Wing about how important the mandatory spending is to the drivers of our debt,” Mulvaney told radio host Hugh Hewitt in a Monday interview.
“People are starting to grab it.” “There are ways that we can not only allow the president to keep his promise, but to help him keep his promise by fixing some of these mandatory programs.” Mulvaney has been expected to clash with Trump over federal spending.
Social Security and Medicare are the two biggest federal expenditures.
Instead, he floated changes to Social Security disability payments, which Mulvaney called “one of the fastest growing and probably one of the most abused mandatory programs in the country.” Mulvaney also said Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could lay the groundwork for Medicaid reform.
“But I think really what this president is interested in doing is not affecting the benefits for folks, and saving these programs long term.

Trump cut Social Security changes from budget proposal
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Trump cut Social Security changes from budget proposal

Trump cut Social Security changes from budget proposal.
President Trump scrapped potential reforms to Social Security and Medicare while preparing his first budget request, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
Mulvaney, a fiscal hawk and former member of the House Freedom Caucus, said Trump quashed potential changes to Social Security, citing his campaign pledge not to touch the program.
“And [Trump] looked at one and said, ‘What is that?’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s a change to part of Social Security.’ He said, ‘No.
No.’ He said, ‘I told people I wouldn’t change that when I ran.
And I’m not going to change that.
The plan includes steep cuts to domestic programs and an increase in defense spending but doesn’t touch Social Security or Medicare.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who campaigned for Trump, told The Hill in February that he thought Trump would be open to making changes that would affect future beneficiaries, not current ones.
Mulvaney, who supports Social Security and Medicare reforms, told CNBC “we’re working on” persuading Trump to embrace entitlement reform, including changes to Social Security Disability Insurance.
He declined to say whether Trump would veto bills passed by both changes that affect Social Security or Medicare.

Older Americans Month — slashing funds for our seniors is the wrong thing to do
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Older Americans Month — slashing funds for our seniors is the wrong thing to do

Older Americans Month — slashing funds for our seniors is the wrong thing to do.
Yes, candidate Trump promised not to touch Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
President Trump champions the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which guts Medicaid, undermines the solvency of Medicare, and allows insurers to charge older Americans up to five times as much as people in their 20s.
Older Americans Month (originally named “Senior Citizens Month”) began in 1963 during the Kennedy administration amidst growing concern about our nation’s seniors.
Two years later, President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid and the Older Americans Act into law.
Yet, Budget Director Mulvaney dismissed the efficacy of Meals on Wheels, saying it “sounds great” but “we’re not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show how that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.” Meals on Wheels is not the only imperiled Older Americans Act program under the Trump budget.
One out of every five senior citizens is trying to scrape by on an average income of just $8,300 a year.
During Older Americans Month, we will no doubt hear once again the myth that Social Security is going “bankrupt” and needs to be “reformed” (translation: raising the retirement age and cutting benefits for seniors, the disabled, and their families).
It may contain more granular detail about proposed cuts to Older Americans Act programs.
Max Richtman is president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.