Negotiations over deficit reduction and the debt ceiling have significant implications that could have a profoundly negative impact on Americans with disabilities and their families. Proposed cuts to Medicaid threaten to eliminate vital services. Americans with disabilities and their family members met with officials in the White House and on Capitol Hill to share their stories and fight to preserve Medicaid.
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We applaud the President for calling for solutions that preserve vital lifelines for people with disabilities and their families, who want to continue to contribute to the nation's health and economic recovery. Gutting Medicaid is not the answer to our economic woes, and we thank all those on both sides of the aisle working to defend the most vulnerable in our country.
President Obama’s statement during today's press conference about debt and deficit reduction talks:
Today’s meeting with the White House demonstrates the President’s desire to understand from real Americans what is at stake in the debt reduction talks. We are grateful for the opportunity to share three stories of people who contribute to our nation’s economic viability thanks to the support provided by Medicaid.
People with disabilities join all Americans in recognizing the need to tackle our national debt. We shared alternative ways to reform Medicaid without gutting the vital supports that create real opportunities for people with disabilities.
You wouldn’t try to make a car more fuel-efficient by reducing the amount of gasoline in the tank. Slashing Medicaid eliminates the ability for people with disabilities to go to work, stay with their families and contribute to the economic recovery.
We believe there are sensible ways to provide Medicaid with a tune-up that also achieves precisely what both parties want: a stronger economy and a reduced deficit while strengthening the hand of Americans with disabilities to be contributing members of society.
Tackling our nation’s budget woes cannot be combined with an attack on people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Medicaid is a fundamental lynchpin for people with disabilities to live and work independently in communities across our nation. To drastically reduce this vital support is short-sighted and wrong. We welcome the chance to be a part of the solution.
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UCP's annual The Case for Inclusion report ranks the 50 States & DC on Medicaid services for individuals with disabilities. The 6th annual report finds progress in Medicaid services, but that nearly 33,000 Americans with ID/DD still live in 162 large, state-run institutions. Read the 2011 report for full information.