Budget cuts in disability programs & services were a disturbing presence in the Trump administration’s proposed $4.1 trillion federal budget, released last month, which increases defense, border, and infrastructure spending while severely cutting or eliminating programs and services that would directly affect millions of people with disabilities.
There is an additional $610 million in cuts to Medicaid on top of the $839 billion in cuts already proposed in the American Healthcare Act which passed the House in early May with a narrow margin of four votes, 217 to 213. The Senate is now deliberating on their own version of the healthcare bill.
With the per capita caps structure (where financing is capped per enrollee with fixed costs) moving Medicaid financing to the states, disabled Americans will be left high and dry when it comes to being able to continue their employment or continue to live in their communities if they rely on community supports and services. There is also a $25 million cut to Housing and Urban Development’s Section 811 program which is responsible for providing rental assistance for people with disabilities; and a more than $74.2 billion cut from Social Security and Supplemental Security Income over 10 years including $72.4 billion in proposed cuts to Social Security’s disability programs. Also, if the President’s budget were to be enacted, hundreds of independent living centers may be forced to close.
Next steps for the President’s budget is that Congress reviews and discusses final spending and reduction levels. This is where you, United Spinal and all our friends can help fight back against these cuts. When it comes to cuts to your healthcare, take action now.