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Could I Lose My Disability Benefits Because of Trumpcare?

Earlier this month, The Huffington Post published an article that highlighted how much damage Trumpcare could inflict on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Instead of protecting these programs as he promised during his campaign, the American Health Care Act that President Trump is backing would gut Medicaid and raid Medicare. This move would hurt older Americans as well as people who are unable to work because of disability, including: Cutting Medicare funding by $117.3 billion over the next 10 years Potentially eliminating the long-term care protections that Medicaid provides to the elderly and people with disabilities Slashing Medicaid funding by $880 billion over the next 10 years Doing away with the protections that Medicaid provides people with disabilities and seniors, including placing a per enrollee cap on federal funding Setting up even more cuts to Medicaid and Medicare funding in the future If Trumpcare becomes law, these changes could just…
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Has the President Broken His Promise to Protect Social Security?

The Huffington Post recently featured an article that analyzed President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Specifically, the article focused on whether President Trump has broken his promise to protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Is the President Failing to Keep His Promise to Protect Social Security? Per the report in The Huffington Post, there are five campaign promises regarding Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that POTUS may have already broken in his first 100 days: Failing to weigh-in on criticism from his own party and administration regarding the Social Security system. President Trump repeatedly called out members of his own party during his campaign for supporting cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. However, since being elected, he no longer defends the Social Security system when fellow Republicans or members of his own administration attack it. Naming a Health and Human Services Secretary who is “anti-Medicare”. President Trump’s…
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Can I Receive Medicare and Social Security Disability Following a Stroke?

As a part of National Stroke Awareness Month, the Winston-Salem Journal recently published an article regarding strokes, including information about whether stroke victims can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare for a disability. Are Stroke Victims Eligible for SSDI and Medicare for a Disability? If people have disabilities that prevent them from being able to work, SSDI can provide for them in several ways, including helping them cover rent or mortgage payments, food costs and other basic expenses. However, those with disabilities often require additional medical treatment. Therefore, having quality medical insurance is essential. Unfortunately, if people with disabilities cannot work, then they will not have access to employer provided health insurance unless their spouse works or they are a child or dependent and their parent or guardian works. Therefore, in many cases, people with disabilities will need Medicare to cover their medical expenses. Generally, if people…
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If Louisiana Expanded Medicaid, Why Can’t Oklahoma?

Oklahoma just dodged an eminent healthcare crisis unlike any other in the entire country. We were looking at potential cuts of up to 25 percent in our Medicaid programs.  Ultimately, shifting in the state budget minimized those cuts, but at what cost? No Medicaid Expansion For Oklahoma One of the possible solutions to Oklahoma’s healthcare crisis was an expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would have led to federal funding for 95 percent of Soonercare—Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. However, state lawmakers chose to shift funding in the budget and minimize cuts to Soonercare to around 3 percent, but other state programs still bear the brunt of the shifts. Oklahoma’s disability services and higher education programs have seen their budgets slashed, something many experts say wouldn’t have been necessary if politicians had proceeded with plans to expand Medicaid. Next year, Oklahoma’s lawmakers will once again be behind the eight ball as they…
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Is The Governor of Oklahoma Ignoring People With Disabilities?

Just a few weeks ago, Oklahoma was in a grim situation. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority was looking at the possibility of 25 percent cuts to the Medicaid provider rate, which would have caused hospitals and nursing homes all over the state to close. Then lawmakers put together a budget to prevent these deep cuts, but does the new budget solve an increasing budget problem, or does it just force us to face an even bigger problem down the road? Who Will Be Affected By Service Cuts? For an Oklahoma City mother and her 4-year-old son, the possibility that this new budget may cause future cuts to vital services is a life and death problem. The boy has Down’s Syndrome as well as a congenital heart defect, and to make matters even harder for this family, the boy has already had to battle cancer. Because of the major medical problems…
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