The US Senate is poised to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as early as next week and they need to hear from YOU about the harmful impact of this bill on individuals with disabilities who are served by Woods. The AHCA contains unprecedented changes to the Medicaid program that will harm states’ ability to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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The AHCA would decrease total Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion and would transition Medicaid to a per capita cap system. This means that the federal government would determine an amount paid to each state per person enrolled in Medicaid. Millions of individuals with disabilities and their families rely on Medicaid for their health care and program funding, all of which would be impacted by the proposed cut.
A per capita cap system is of particular concern for individuals with disabilities because the same amount would be paid to the state for each individual enrolled without taking into account the severity and complexities of this very medically frail and behaviorally challenged population. Under this model, states will be faced with budgetary pressures resulting from the reduction in federal Medicaid funds.
It is critical that Congress maintain current Medicaid funding levels or establish a mechanism to protect services for the most vulnerable individuals with disabilities and medical and behavioral challenges who rely on adequate Medicaid funding of their services to survive.