The Autism Society of America is deeply concerned about the far-reaching effects of President Trump’s budget on people with disabilities. The budget plan would slash an additional $610 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, on top of $800 billion in cuts included in the House version of the American Health Care Act. That jeopardizes a vital lifeline for millions nationwide who rely on Medicaid to foster community participation and full integration into society. The proposal also includes a loss of $72 billion in disability benefits. The combination of massive cuts to Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) could undo decades of progress and give states the power to limit benefits that millions of Americans with disabilities rely on for their health and well-being.
Today’s announcement reinforces the importance of shoring up our nation’s long term care service delivery system to address the needs of people with disabilities and their families. As an organization dedicated to advocating for more than 3 million people on the autism spectrum, the Autism Society of America is calling for a plan that enables individuals and families to access the supports needed to achieve the highest quality of life. We urge all Americans to stand up for our most vulnerable members of society by urging Congress to reject any plan that fails to fully restore these cuts. We implore elected officials and policymakers to reconsider eliminating critical safety nets and much-needed support and services for people with disabilities and allow people with disabilities to be part of the conversation as the federal budget debate progresses.