Congress to Maintain Focus on Transforming Medicaid in FY2018
The new budget rules proposed in the House and Senate make clear that Congress will remain focused on passing sweeping, fundamental changes to the American health care system and Medicaid in FY2018. Though the narrative currently centers on tax reform, it is widely believed that if passed, immense cuts to Medicaid could help finance the Trump Administration’s tax reform plan. For mental health and addiction advocates, FY2018 is another year for advocacy, engagement and education.
The House-approved budget would call for a number of reforms and cuts that would be harmful to Americans and leave lasting, damaging effects to the social safety net population including trillions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other health programs. It also calls for the passage of the harmful American Health Care Act which passed the House earlier this year but failed in the Senate.
To go into effect, the same budget resolution must be approved by both the House and Senate. The Senate is expected to vote on and approve its budget framework for FY2018 this week; the current draft differs significantly from the House-passed version and will likely result in a conference committee to reconcile the two bills. For more analysis and information, stay tuned to next week’s Capitol Connector.
The National Council thanks all of its advocates and members who have worked so hard over the last year to fight back and stave off harmful cuts and caps to Medicaid and other social safety net programs. We applaud your work and recognize the tremendous efforts you all make to engage in education and advocacy. Now, we must continue to fight back these efforts to fundamentally transform Medicaid in the year ahead. Click here to get started.