An Update on the Senate Health Care Bill
As many of you realize, the Senate version of the Health Care bill was released yesterday, June 22. Unfortunately, this bill also severely cuts Medicaid and health care coverage provisions as in the House bill. The bill includes deep Medicaid cuts and focuses on reducing premiums (Ted Cruz says they are NOT low enough in the Senate bill) but neglects long-term impact on out of pocket and premiums for those who have existing health conditions like people with disabilities.
More than 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid to live in their community, receiving basic services.
The Washington Post reported yesterday: “Like the bill that passed the House in May, the Senate measure would cut off expanded Medicaid funding for states — but at a more gradual rate, by phasing out the higher federal spending between 2020 and 2024. But it would enact deeper long-term cuts to the program, which provides health-care coverage for 74 million Americans.”
Please help us educate and advocate for maintaining a vibrant and effective Medicaid program for those with disabilities! Our state’s federal delegation is with us, but you may have families and friends in other states who can educate federal officials who will be re-considering their support of this bill.