Experts Release Report Detailing BCRA Impact in Key Swing State
July 17, 2017
Given the announced postponement of the Senate vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) will utilize every day of this week to share credible data and analysis from various sources detailing the impact of the BCRA on children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that Senators should consider when casting their votes.
"We have heard claims that the current legislation would protect children with significant disabilities," said Mark Davis, President of CERIIDD. "But CERIIDD's data clearly shows that in Ohio, the majority of children with a developmental and intellectual disability who are on Medicaid would have no safeguards, and that is extremely concerning."
"We have been gratified to see a few articles in the Washington Post and other national outlets finally turn their attention to the startling and irreparable impact the Senate's healthcare bill would have on people with IDD and their families," said Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR. "But overall, the paucity of coverage specifically on intellectual disabilities has been extraordinarily disappointing."
"The pace at which the House and now the Senate have forced their healthcare bills forward, absent hearings and input from stakeholders who will be directly affected, has limited debate and the sharing of data like in CERIIDD's new study, in a dangerous way. We are grateful for additional time to save Medicaid and to preserve the services which serve as lifelines for hundreds of thousands of Americans."