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What You Need to Know
- The House narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, 2017. The Senate is now considering its own version of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).
- The bill proposes to put caps on Medicaid, leading to $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade.
- 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for the services that help them live and work in the community, known as Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).
- Cuts in federal spending will lead to state budget shortfalls, forcing states to cut services, eliminate optional services (likes HCBS), or restrict eligibility.
- Many people with disabilities are unaware that the services they receive are part of Medicaid. Services funded through Medicaid may be called something else in your state. If you’re a person with a disability and you receive any community-based support, it’s very likely through Medicaid.
- The bill will also negatively impact the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Learn more here.
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