Statement on American Health Care Act (AHCA)
The South Carolina Autism Society has bee following the the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), and we share the concerns of our fellow advocates as to how these cuts will affect people with disabilities.
The AHCA will cut an estimated $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years. If these cuts occur, what could happen?
- Already lengthy waiting lists for disability Waiver services will grow to record levels, and services may be severely limited.
- People with disabilities who require Medicaid services to make it possible to live in their own homes, hold jobs, and participate in communities may be without those supports.
- Schools may no longer be reimbursed for services provided within the school setting. This would only increase the burden on schools, and monies would have to come from other educational sources.
In addition, we are concerned about how the AHCA will affect individuals with pre-existing conditions. Will they be able to purchase coverage? Will they be restricted to high-risk (and high-cost) pools? There are many questions to be answered.
The Consortium for Citizen’s with Disabilities (CCD) has prepared a fact sheet with more information about these proposed cuts. Click here to view the report.
Click here for an article from The State newspaper in Columbia on how these cuts may affect the state.
We join with advocates across the country in calling for voters to contact their legislators and tell them NO CUTS OR CAPS TO MEDICAID, AND NO CHANGES TO PRE-EXISTING CONDITION COVERAGE.
**Please continue to contact your legislators!**
Here’s how you can Take Action Now!
- Find your legislators at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php.
- Call your United States Senators and Representatives and tell them to oppose the proposed Medicaid cuts in the AHCA!
- Call your Governor and State Legislators. Remind them what cuts to the Medicaid would affect the state budget and why Medicaid matters to you.
- Ask your family and friends to support you and do the same!
What to Say:
- I am your constituent.
- Explain if you are a person with a disability, a family member of someone with a disability, or a professional in the disability field.
- Tell them that you do not want cuts or caps on Medicaid!
- Explain how Medicaid helps you or your family member to have health care and community based services.
If you need assistance in learning how to get engaged, visit ASAN’s toolkit on basic civic engagement for self-advocates.
Thank you for all your efforts to advocate for those with autism and other disabilities!