Share this article

print logo

Letter: Cutting Medicaid will hurt developmentally disabled

Cutting Medicaid will hurt developmentally disabled

President Trump’s budget plan includes $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid. This could cause nearly 10 million people to be cut off from benefits over the next 10 years. If passed, these cuts would greatly affect the people we support here at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled. It is our mission to provide or obtain services for people with developmental disabilities and their families in Western New York. We help through a variety of programs that are offered within our agency, including residential facilities, habilitation, vocational training and respite. Many of the people we serve are insured by Medicaid, and are going to be impacted by Trump’s budget plan.

Ensuring that people with developmental disabilities have access to all the services they need is our pivotal focus. Medicaid is a crucial program that helps the people we support access these services and enables them to live their lives to the fullest. Access to health care as well as home- and community-based services would be drastically reduced. These services are critical to help people with developmental disabilities thrive. Whether it’s through school, work or within the community, everyone deserves the chance to live the most independent life possible. Medicaid plays a key role in the supports people with disabilities need. These proposed cuts would have devastating consequences for the people we serve.

We worked with the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition to fight for fair wages for our direct care employees and now we are working to ensure that the needs of people with developmental disabilities continue to be met. We urge our state legislators to vote against these budget cuts and vote for the rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Mindy Cervoni

President and CEO, Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled

There are no comments - be the first to comment