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Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Monday2018 budget resolution; CHIP Hearings; Tax Plan; Tom Price resignation; and much more



FY 2018 Budget Resolution and Health Care

Talking Points

The 2018 Senate budget resolution released today would let the Senate repeal most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and/or adopt additional deep cuts to Medicaid with just 50 votes, while at the same time cutting taxes by $1.5 trillion or more for high-income households and corporations.



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayProposal to repeal ACA; Cuts to Social Secutiry; and much more



Testimony - Hearing to Consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal

pdf File Testimony for the Hearing to Consider the Graham-Cassidy Proposal [download]


Letter Opposing SSI Cuts

To Honorable Pete Sessions

AUCD urges you and all Members of the House of Representatives to vote against H.R. 2792 and to oppose any proposal to cut SSI to pay for reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Reauthorization of the MIECHV program should never come at the expense of cuts to SSI, which would harm seniors, adolescents, and adults with disabilities, and their families.



Rushed Senate Consideration of Cassidy-Graham Would Be Designed to Hide Bills Severe Flaws


Congressional Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through their latest plan, from Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, and reportedly are close to securing the votes of 50 senators needed to push the bill through the Senate before fast-track reconciliation instructions expire on September 30. Such a strategy would violate the principles of �regular order� even more egregiously than the non-transparent, partisan process under which Congress has considered previous repeal bills. It would amount to passing a poorly understood bill through the Senate within two weeks without comprehensive hearings, floor debate, or input from constituents � and without a full Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the bill�s impact on coverage, on Medicaid, on access for people with pre-existing conditions, on premiums and out-of-pocket costs for people with individual-market coverage, and on the stability of the individual market. House members would then vote on the bill with no opportunity for changes.



Cassidy-Graham Proposal: A Deal So Terrible for American Families That Its Been Rejected Already by the Senate

pdf File DPCC Graham-Cassidy Report [download]


Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHouse is on recess while the Senate continues; Graham-Cassidy repeal bill; Healthcare hearing by the Homeland Security & governmental Affairs Committee; RAISE Family Caregivers Act; and much more



Letter from LA Secretary of Health re Concerns of Graham-Cassidy Bill

pdf File LA Secrtary of Health Letter re Graham-Cassidy [download]


Like Other ACA Repeal Bills, Cassidy-Graham Plan Would Add Millions to Uninsured, Destabilize Individual Market

In releasing a revised version of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, along with co-sponsors Dean Heller and Ron Johnson, claimed that their bill isn�t a �partisan� approach and doesn�t include �draconian cuts.� In reality, however, the Cassidy-Graham bill would have the same harmful consequences as those prior bills. It would cause many millions of people to lose coverage, radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid, eliminate or weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and increase out-of-pocket costs for individual market consumers.



AUCD Summary of the Senate Appropriations Committee

L-HHS-ED Bill for FY 2018

On September 7, the Senate Appropriations Committee completed its mark-up of the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and voted to report out the bill by a vote of 31-1 with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla) casting the sole "nay" vote. The House Appropriations Committee completed its work on July 19 (see links to bill and summary). Attached is a summary of how the bill impacts the AUCD network and other priorities of the disability community, along with a detailed table comparing the House and Senate bills with the President�s budget and FY 2017.



New Graham-Cassidy Bill: A Last GOP Shot At ACA Repeal And Replace Through Reconciliation

On September 13, 2017, senators from opposing parties introduced two bills in the Senate embodying radically different approaches to health care reform. This post will analyze the non-Medicaid provisions of a block-grant bill introduced by Republican senators Lindsay Graham (SC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Ron Johnson (WI), and Dean Heller (NV) late morning. A later post will describe the single-payer bill introduced by independent senator Bernie Sanders (VT) and sixteen Democratic co-sponsors mid-afternoon, while a third post will address the Medicaid provisions of Graham-Cassidy.



Section by Section of Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill

Section by Section



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every Mondayapproved draft fiscal 2018 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill; bipartisan hearings on health insurance marketplace stabilization; HCBS Statewide Transition Plans; ADA Education and Reform Act; and much more



Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayHappy Solar Eclipse! Congressional schedule; Budget update; Letter re Children's Health Insurance Program; and more

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