Trump’s Plan for Medicaid Would Decimate Services for People With Disability

As Congressional Republicans careen face-first towards the revoke of the Affordable Care Act, another danger is taking shape that promises to devastate the services that seniors and people with disabilities need. In addition to rolling back the health care law, and the Medicaid enlargement that came with it, the Trump administration has declared its intention to turn what is left of Medicaid into a block grant.Most Americans see Medicaid as only a health insurance program, but it is also the main source of funding for a  extend variety of disability and aging services that keep people out of institutions.

From the 93-year-old grandmother who needs an attendant to help her get out of bed, to the 24-year-old with Down Syndrome receiving a job coach, to the 6-year-old with a disability whose parents need support paying for skilled nursing care in their home—the Medicaid program is critical to ensuring the independence and freedom of disabled people of all kinds.

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