[Education and Welfare] Fwd: [acb-chat] Ryan plan would hurt people with disabilities
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hello all , so we need to call the Hill , and state that we are against this as well as the issues here within Missouri
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Subject: [acb-chat] Ryan plan would hurt people with disabilities
This story is taken from Sacbee / Living Here
Ryan plan would hurt people with disabilities
Published Friday, Mar. 30, 2012
The budget plan released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan,
R-Wis., is a serious threat to Americans with disabilities.
Ryan is taking aim at Medicaid, which serves more than 8 million disabled
Americans. It helps pay for such essentials as prescription drugs,
wheelchairs, prosthetics and therapies.
Ryan's plan calls for block-granting Medicaid, which means the federal
government would give the states a lump sum of Medicaid revenue to spend as
they see fit. This may sound nice, but it really is a sneaky way of ending
the guarantee that people with disabilities have to Medicaid. States could
conceivably restrict eligibility in ways they cannot currently, thus
limiting access to Medicaid services for people with disabilities. Since
about 40 percent of Medicaid money serves people with disabilities, the
incentive for states to dump them off the rolls or reduce their coverage to
save money would be powerful.
States would face increasing financial pressure to do so because Ryan's plan
also reduces federal spending on Medicaid by $810 billion over 10 years.
This is about 22 percent below the level needed to maintain the Medicaid
program over that period of time, according to the American Association of
People with Disabilities.
Ryan would also make deep across-the-board cuts that could severely impact
disabled Americans' access to housing and education.
Ryan put forth a similar draconian budget last year. Fortunately, he didn't
completely get his way. He has to be stopped again.
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