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How Would The Senate Healthcare Plan Affect The Disabled?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jun 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week, Senate Republicans revealed their proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While it is different in

Bah, Humbug!

some aspects from the Congressional Republicans' plan, they do have some things in common.  One of these is a drastic reduction, more than 22 million, in the number of people who have health insurance.  The Senate bill does this primarily by severe cuts to Medicaid.

Medicaid Affects Almost All Americans

Medicaid pays for health care for almost 75 millions Americans.  While most think that Medicaid only covers the poor, it also pays for everything from births to nursing home care. Indeed, Medicaid covers almost 50% of all births and even higher percentage of nursing home care. Suffice it to say, Medicaid is irreplaceable. Any cuts to the program are going to bring dramatic changes to almost all Americans.

New Eligibility Requirements Mean Big Problems

The Senate plan would give States greater latitude to impose restrictions on Medicaid eligibility. These could include requiring people to work, to make copayments, or face lifetime limits on benefits.  Any one of these could be devastating for the disabled.

Without Medical Proof, No Finding Of Disability

Whaddya Mean, No Insurance?

For those persons applying for Social Security disability, reductions in Medicaid coverage are going to be highly problematic.  These proposed changes in Medicaid would arrive at the same time that Social Security is demanding even greater amounts of medical documentation before approving disability applications.  Simply put, if a disabled person cannot see a doctor, she cannot prove she is disabled.  Without medical evidence, a judge simply cannot approve even the most obvious disabilities.

Contact Your Senator Today

The Senate wants to hold a vote on their version of healthcare soon.  If you are opposed to such drastic cuts to a program that affects almost all Americans, let your Senator know. Do it right now so that he or she knows how strongly you feel about this. A year

Can You Hear Us Now?

from now when you have no health insurance, it will be too late.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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