Below is the statement by Katy Neas, former Easterseals Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, reacting to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
“The analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reaffirms Easterseals’ strong opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which includes deep cuts to Medicaid services for people with disabilities. CBO concluded that the BCRA’s restrictive funding cap on Medicaid would force states to make up the reimbursement shortfall by eliminating optional services, restricting eligibility, or cutting provider rates—unless new resources are added to Medicaid. In addition, home and community-based attendant and other services for individuals with disabilities will be cut by $19 billion over the next decade through BCRA’s provision to eliminate the Community First Choice Program. Combined, these provisions will make it harder for a child or adult with disabilities to access the supports they need to maintain their health and independence. Easterseals urges the Senate to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act for its deep and troubling Medicaid cuts that negatively impact people with disabilities.”