Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new analysis of the House-passed American Health Care Act. The CBO estimates that the number of uninsured people will rise by 14 million by 2018, 19 million by 2020, and 23 million by 2026, all relative to current law. The number of Medicaid beneficiaries will fall by 14 million, most of whom will become uninsured. States that use waivers are likely to see more healthy enrollees join the market, while more people with chronic health conditions will likely be unable to find insurance. Overall, the bill cuts more than $830 billion out of Medicaid over a decade.
“We are at a critical juncture in our history as a disability rights movement. Now more than ever, people with disabilities, families, professionals in the field, and the general public need to rise up to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live a life like anyone else,” said Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy, The Arc. Learn more in The Arc’s full statement on the CBO analysis.