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Health Care Bill Still Devastates Medicaid With Harmful Cuts

Posted on : 07/14/2017

The most recent version of the Senate health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) was unveiled this week is still devastating to people with disabilities. It contains deep cuts to Medicaid, shifts costs to states and individuals, and does not protect funding allocated for disability services.

The new BCRA will cut Medicaid funding by converting the program's structure to a per capita cap program, locking states into an unsustainable level of funding that will not keep up with costs. The inflation rate would be the consumer price index for urban markets (CPI-U) plus 1 percent until 2025, at which point it would drop to CPI-U. Disability programs are predicted to outgrow this rate by 2023!

The new BCRA will eliminate the Community First Choice Option funding and create new demonstration projects for HCBS. The 1915(k) enhanced funding for the Community First Choice option will be eliminated, cutting approximately $19 billion from Medicaid. In turn, states may compete for a total of $8 billion in funding for four-year demonstration projects for HCBS (from January 2020 to December 2023), with priority for funding for only 15 applicant states with the lowest population density.

It is urgent that we keep up the advocacy around this bill for the next few weeks! Our elected officials need to hear from you and hear how harmful this bill and these proposed Medicaid cuts will be for people with disabilities and their families. Call your Senators TODAY! 

Congresswoman Nita Lowey is an advocate fighting hard on our behalf. She recently sat down with two of our self-advocates and answered their questions and concerns. (See Video Below) She now has asked for us to SHARE OUR STORIES with her so she can advocate even more on our behalf. Click here to share your health care story with the Congresswoman.

Time is running out and we must let our voices be heard!



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