This afternoon, September 26th, the U.S. Senate cancelled its vote set for this week to cut and cap Medicaid services for children and adults with disabilities. We had a great response from Easterseals affiliates and our on-line advocacy network! Your voice was heard loud and clear as a number of Senators came out against the newest Graham-Cassidy proposal because of its deep cuts to Medicaid.
Easterseals strongly opposed the Graham-Cassidy legislation for its Medicaid provision that will limit access to essential home and community-based services and supports for children and adults with disabilities. The Graham-Cassidy legislation (Sec. 124) removed the federal funding guarantee that currently exists in Medicaid and replaces it with a restrictive cap based on a funding formula rather than the actual needs of individuals with disabilities.
The Congressional Budget Office examined the Medicaid per capita cap proposal and concluded that capping federal Medicaid funding would force states to eliminate optional home and community-based services, restrict eligibility, or cut provider rates—unless new state resources are added to make up the funding shortfall left by a Medicaid cap. The troubling Graham-Cassidy Medicaid cap proposal would have made it much harder for a child or adult with disabilities to access the Medicaid services they need to maintain their health and independence.
Easterseals had urged the Senate to reject the Graham-Cassidy legislation for its harmful provision to cap, cut and restrict access to needed Medicaid home and community services. Instead, Easterseals urges the Senate to continue the bipartisan health care reform work being led by Senators Alexander and Murray to help stabilize health care markets and to improve access to and affordable coverage of quality health care.
Updated: September 26, 2017
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September 19, 2017 — Our Letter to the Senate Opposing the Graham-Cassidy Legislation
September 15, 2017 — Easterseals Statement on the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal
June 9, 2017 — Our Letter to the Senate Regarding Medicaid