President Trump's FY 2018 budget proposes to make cruel and devastating cuts to programs that support children, families, and individuals of modest means, slash investments in America’s future, and destabilize state and local budgets—which would in turn precipitate a next round of deep cuts to basic services.
The Trump Administration is quietly moving to make administrative changes that will roll back protections for the more than 12.2 million people who use the Affordable Care Act’s “marketplaces” in their states to select a health care plan.
Maternal depression screening and treatment are among the many critical health care services that would be severely compromised by the ACA repeal efforts now back on the table in the U.S. House of Representatives. Repealing the ACA and restructuring or cutting Medicaid financing would have serious implications for the wellbeing of low-income people, particularly young adults, women, and their children.
Young adults have seen major gains in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Since 2009, their rate of uninsurance has dropped 50 percent. But coverage gaps still exist, especially for low-income young adults, in states that haven't expanded Medicaid. It's critical that these states accept expansion to cover their most vulnerable residents.