Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

These Changes to Medicaid Would Reverse Progress

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

These Changes to Medicaid Would Reverse Progress

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Medicaid is under considerable threat in Washington, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Pennsylvania stand to lose access to vital services and supports.

Medicaid is the nation's primary health insurance program for people with disabilities and low-income populations. It is a lifeline for most people with significant disabilities who generally do not have access to employer-based or other private coverage, have greater medical needs and often require assistance with activities of daily living. If Medicaid funds are affected, loss of medical and home and community-based assistance will result in negative consequences for people with I/DD. Waiting lists would quickly grow, and people could be forced into unnecessary institutionalization.

Congress is considering two approaches that will change Medicaid - a block grant to states or enacting per capita caps. …

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