See the impact to people with disabilities and to Medicaid and to people with preexisting conditions.

Diane DeVillers
Posted February 20, 2018 from United States
More cuts coming to Medicaid and people with disabilities and people with preexisting conditions

The Trump Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget Request on Feb. 12. This document outlines the Administration's spending and revenue priorities for the next decade. Among the many proposed cuts of concern to the disability community are:

Medicaidwould be drastically cut through per capita caps and block grants. In addition, the President's Budget assumes the repeal of critical provisions such as the requirements for adequate benefits and affordable health plans that protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)would becut by roughly $70 billion.

Developmental Disabilities (DD) Act Programswould see double-digit cuts - State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (-23%), University Centers for Excellence in Disabilities (-13%), and Projects of National Significance (-90%).

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)would lose $213 billion, a reduction of 30%.

Housingprograms would lose $6.8 billion, including major cuts in housing choice vouchers, public housing, and other vital programs for people with disabilities.

Though the President's Budget Request does not have the force of law, it can set the stage for the Congressional budgets which follow. The Senate has indicated that it will not consider a FY 2019 budget due to the recent budget deal to raise spending caps for defense and non-defense discretionary programs, however it is unclear if the House intends to do so.Click hereto see proposed spending levels for discretionary programs in the President's FY 2019 Budget Request.Click hereto read The Arc's statement.

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Jill Langhus
Feb 21, 2018
Feb 21, 2018

Hi Diane. Thanks for sharing your informative story. Who should people contact to ensure these proposed cuts don't happen? Surely if enough people contact the appropriate governmental officials, some of these cuts wouldn't occur.

Diane DeVillers
Feb 21, 2018
Feb 21, 2018

Share this with your Senators and Representative either by email or call them. Go to their website and look for the email button or their phone number, keep the above script handy so you can talk about it. Tell them the Arc National is educating people about this.

rosemary_ntoipo
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Thanks a lot for sharing this. I totally agree something needs to be done to that effect.

Diane DeVillers
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

thanks for reading my posts, it's good to know they go around the world. Peace sister.