STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL

Washington DC – Today, Barbara Silverstone, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives issued the following statement in response to the Senate Health Care bill:

“Today, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, unveiled the long-awaited health care bill and just as we thought, it includes many structural changes to Medicaid that will fundamentally change the way the program works, and will be devastating to millions of low-income families and people with disabilities. 

"It’s now clear why the Senate chose to hide this bill from the public; this bill includes deeper Medicaid cuts than the $840 billion included in the House bill, American Health Care Act (AHCA), and gives the wealthy a tax break at the expense of people with disabilities. This is troubling. The Congressional Budget Office estimated AHCA would throw approximately 24 million people off health insurance and would raise costs of premiums. Gutting Medicaid as suggested under this bill, would be especially devastating to people with disabilities who rely on the essential health services provided under the program. Right now, there are nearly 10 million enrollees with disabilities who depend on the benefits of Medicaid such as Home and Community-Based Services. Sixty percent of all children with disabilities are covered by Medicaid, many of whom receive life-supporting treatment provided under Medicaid. 

"The effects of these cuts would not end at the loss of health care services, but would spill over to other programs including Social Security by making it harder for disability claimants seeking Social Security disability benefits to access medical evidence needed to support their claims. Taking away health care from the most vulnerable among us to give a tax break to the wealthy is cruel and irresponsible.

"NOSSCR has always been committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to create sensible solutions that will allow people with disabilities to lead independent, fulfilling, and dignified lives. However, due to the changes proposed under this health care bill, NOSSCR stands opposed to AHCA and will continue to oppose proposed cuts to Medicaid or any program that will leave people with disabilities worse off. I urge everyone to contact their Senators and demand they vote ‘no’ on this bill.” 

*NOSSCR is a specialized bar association for attorneys and advocates who represent Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claimants throughout the adjudicative process. Since 1979, NOSSCR has been providing continuing legal education to its thousands of members and public policy advocacy on behalf of its members and the people with disabilities they represent. NOSSCR is a non-partisan organization.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ahmed Elsayed, Communications Director at(201) 567-4228 or email atAhmed.Elsayed@nosscr.org. 

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