Trump Budget Means a Triple Whammy for Connecticut’s Medicaid Program 

By Jill Zorn 

Photo courtesy Oregon Senator Ron Wyden via Twitter (@RonWyden)

Donald Trump’s budget, “A New Foundation for American Greatness” is just the latest in a string of attacks against Connecticut’s Medicaid program.

First, is the proposed state budget cut that would lead to 9,500 HUSKY A parents, with incomes between 138% and 155% of the federal poverty level, losing their Medicaid coverage.  Read our recent blog, Say “No” to Taking Health Care from Low Income Parents, to learn more.

Second is the huge threat posed by the (Un)American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill passed by the US House now awaiting action in the Senate.  The AHCA would cut over $800 billion from Medicaid nationally over the next ten years.  Estimates are that this would mean a hit to Connecticut’s budget of over $500 million and loss of Medicaid coverage for over 180,000 residents.

An update of those estimates is expected soon, when a revised “score” from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is released on Wednesday.

Medicaid faces yet a third threat, now that Donald Trump’s 2018 budget had been released.  CT Mirror reports that the budget would “cut Medicaid funding to Connecticut and eliminate other programs state residents rely upon to make ends meet.”

Nationwide cuts of $610 billion proposed in the Trump budget, on top of the cuts proposed in the AHCA, would mean a staggering $1.4 trillion cut to Medicaid over 10 years.

This budget, which should be renamed “A New Threat to American Greatness,”  would chop the federal Medicaid budget roughly in half, during a time when health care costs are going up, not down.  It would mean even more people would lose Medicaid coverage in Connecticut and across the country.

We must push back against this triple whammy of Medicaid cuts.  While keeping an eye on all three, it is important to start first with the most immediate threat, the cut to HUSKY A parents.

If you haven’t already done so, please call your state Senator and Representative today and tell them NO to HUSKY cuts!

To find your state Senator and Representative, go to Find Your Legislators.

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