On Thursday, June 22 Senate leadership released the Better Care Reconciliation Act. While ostensibly a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the bill includes significant cuts to Medicaid that have nothing to do with the ACA.
It is due to these Medicaid cuts, and cuts to other health programs, that the SLN opposes the Better Care Reconciliation Act as well as its counterpart in the House of Representatives, the American Health Care Act. Both bills apply a per-person funding cap on Medicaid, fundamentally changing the financing structure that has supported the program since its inception in 1965. The new funding model would limit federal funding over time, shifting costs to states and diminishing their ability to innovate and provide needed health care and community-based supports. Medicaid, including Medicaid waiver programs, is often the only funding available to support people with disabilities. Capping program growth would limit state’s ability to provide services, and would likely lengthen waiting lists or threaten the existence of home and community-based service (HCBS) waiver programs.
The SLN urges all Senators to vote no on the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
The Sibling Leadership Network is a national nonpartisan nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support, and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families.
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