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Monday, June 26, 2017
SC Autism Society Newsletter
Call to Action
Senate Prepares to Vote on Healthcare Plan
June 26, 2017
From The President
Hello SCAS friend!
The United States Senate is preparing to vote on its' proposed Health Care Bill. The South Carolina Autism Society shares the concerns of many other disability organizations about the effect this Bill, if enacted, would have on individuals with autism and other disabilities.
This bill proposes the biggest cuts to Medicaid in it's history, an estimated $800 billion over the next 10 years. It shifts the burden of paying for Medicaid to the states, a cost South Carolina would struggle to afford.
If these cuts occur, what could happen?
• Already lengthy waiting lists for disability Waiver services will grow to record levels, and services may be severely limited.
• People with disabilities who require Medicaid services to make it possible to live in their own homes, hold jobs, and participate in communities may be without those supports.
• Schools may no longer be reimbursed for services provided within the school setting. This would only increase the burden on schools, and monies would have to come from other educational sources.
For more information on how this bill would affect individuals with disabilities, please review the following reports: