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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Autism, Medicaid, and Delaware

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss health care issues and state Medicaid services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilitiesMitch McConnell has postponed the Senate vote on Trumpcare.  One reason for the bill's extreme unpopularity is its impact on Medicaid.

James Morrison reports at Delaware Public Media:
Sen. Tom Carper visited an autism services center in Lewes Friday to discuss how a Senate Republican healthcare plan would impact that organization’s programs.
Carper said the GOP’s proposed cuts to Medicaid could end some of the programs at Autism Delaware that train adults with autism to enter the workforce.
These programs give adults with autism the skills to earn jobs and create a little bit of of a savings and be a contributing citizen to our society," he said.
It’s estimated the Republican-backed Better Care Reconciliation Act would cut Medicaid funding in Delaware by at least $2 billion over 10 years.