The Washington Post reported on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include substantial cuts to Medicaid. According to the publication, Trump’s budget plan would follow up on a bill passed by House Republicans that would cut more than $800 billion over 10 years from the program, which provides health care to low-income Americans. And these cuts to Medicaid would affect moms and pregnant women especially, when you break down the overall impact of the proposed cuts.
According to CNN, the bill would decrease federal funding for the entire Medicaid program, which covers more than 70 million low-income kids, adults, disabled individuals, and the elderly — and those millions include mothers and pregnant women.
The Huffington Post reported that nearly half of pregnant women rely on Medicaid to pay for their children’s births. So cuts to the program would have an obvious and devastating impact on those women and their children. These cuts would hurt countless families that depend on Medicaid — and that’s why, to the surprise of some, many Republicans are breaking with Trump to actually oppose the Medicaid cuts.
Congress must hold @realDonaldTrump to this.
1/2 of Medicaid is kids, 70% of $ care 4 seniors & ppl w disabilities. He now wants a 25% cut. https://t.co/KlX0IdPQ2o
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) May 22, 2017
According to CNN, under the new Medicaid system, states would either receive a set amount of funding per enrollee (called a per capita grant), or a block grant for fixed funding. This would shift responsibility to the states and away from the federal…