What Happens to Long-Term Care if Trump Remakes Medicare and Medicaid? (December 16, 2016)
Updates in the Media
Medicaid Changes Ahead:
Stay Informed, Set Your Strategy, Take Action!
Why You Should Care About Looming Medicaid Cuts (February 14, 2017)
The central principle of APSE's Employment First movement is that work is an important part of a meaningful, healthy, full life. Affordable, appropriate healthcare and employment services make full time jobs a reality for millions of Americans with disabilities. Since 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-- through its expanded Medicaid coverage--has enabled more people with disabilities to lead productive lives in their communities.
After months of draft proposals, Congressional Republican leaders have made their move on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would radically restructure Medicaid and make major changes to key ACA provisions.
The bill has already cleared key House committees: Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means. The AHCA has also received a score from the Congressional Budget Office. CBO estimates that the bill will leave 24 million Americans without healthcare coverage by 2026, but save $337B in that same time frame. One thing is certain: if the legislation is enacted as proposed, it will gut federal Medicaid funding and shift major administrative and cost burdens to the states and to individuals. Many cannot not afford to absorb these increases. The drastic funding cuts ($880B over 10 years) would eliminate adequate support for agencies that serve people with disabilities.
APSE members must act now. APSE is very concerned about the proposed massive cuts to Medicaid, the program that enables Americans with disabilities to work and live in their communities through long-term services and supports. Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to vote “NO” on the AHCA.
Medicaid Works: How Cuts Would Harm States (March 14, 2017)
1. Stay Informed
Major Proposed Reforms
2. Set Your Strategy
APSE urges members to monitor how reforms may affect the programs most important to people with disabilities in their area. Here are ACA and Medicaid provisions that have been especially important to the APSE community:
The Affordable Care Act: Where Are We? (January 25, 2017)
3. As a national organization...
Medicaid Cuts Are Real Threat to Home and Community Based Services (February 23, 2017)
APSE can be a strong voice for federal programs and legislation that support Employment First. The most effective voice of all, however, is a motivated constituent who takes the time to contact his/her legislator and weigh in on an issue.
APSE provides tools--including APSE Action Alerts--to guide you when you contact members of Congress to discuss issues that matter to people with disabilities. We urge you to take advantage of these tools...and let us know how we can help!
Waiver Funding for Work: Supported Employment for People with IDD (February 28, 2017)
Medicaid Expansion Tied to Employment Among People with Disabilities (December 27, 2016)
Updates from APSE
Strong Leadership for Uncertain Times: APSE is Ready for 2017 (December 28, 2016)
Act Now to Protect Health Care (January 9, 2017)
The Impact of Medicaid Cuts on People with Disabilities: State-by-State Breakdown (March 24, 2014)
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