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GOP Budget Would Cut Billions In Health Benefits For Seniors, Families, And Nursing Home Residents; Would Place Huge Cost Burden On Cash-Strapped States, Pressuring Governors To Raise Taxes

States Would Lose Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Vital Support for the Elderly, Families, and Those in Nursing Homes – Would Be Forced to Dramatically Raise Taxes or Slash Benefits

As a Result, 30 Million Americans Could Get Kicked Off Medicaid – Forcing Seniors to Be Denied Critical, Life-Saving Care

New State-by-State Analysis of Impact of Extreme GOP Budget Found HERE

Washington, DC—The Democratic Policy and Communications Center (DPCC) today released new national and state-by-state reports (see below) revealing the devastating impact the Republican Medicare-ending budget would have on seniors, families, and nursing home residents.  The report shows that, on top of ending Medicare as we know it and increasing seniors’ out-of-pocket health care costs by nearly $6,000, the GOP budget would also cut $1.7 trillion in Medicaid benefits for seniors, families, and those in nursing homes, which could force as many as 30 million Americans off of the program.

The GOP budget cuts $550 billion in health care benefits specifically for seniors and the disabled, which could lead to them being denied access to life-saving care and shutting nursing homes down across the country.  With state governments across the country already cash-strapped, the reduced federal support and increased burdens included in the GOP proposal would require them to drastically slash benefits, increase taxes, or both.

Report Highlights:

  • The Republican plan could force as many as 30 million Americans off of Medicaid.
  • The Republican plan cuts over $1.7 trillion from health care services provided through Medicaid, including $550 billion in health care for seniors and the disabled.  As a result, nursing homes across the country could be forced to slash services, turn away seniors, or close their doors.
  • The Republican plan would shift costs to state taxpayers at a time when 41 states already face a budget crisis.  This could lead to huge tax hikes on taxpayers in states across the country.

The Republican budget also doubles-down on their effort to end Medicare as we know it. Under their plan, over 45 million soon-to-be seniors would be forced out of Medicare’s guaranteed benefits and onto a voucher, and out-of-pocket costs for the typical senior could go up by nearly $6,000.  The DPCC national report and state-by-state breakdown on the impact on Medicare can be found below:

National
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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