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DPCC State-by-State Report Shows Effect Of The GOP Budget's Cuts to Seniors Families and Nursing Home Residents

Mar 29, 2012

New DPCC State-by-State Report Shows:

 GOP BUDGET WOULD CUT BILLIONS IN HEALTH BENEFITS FOR SENIORS, FAMILIES, AND NURSING HOME RESIDENTS; WOULD PLACE HUGE COST BURDEN ON CASH-STRAPPED STATES, PRESSURING GOVERNORS TO RAISE TAXES

States Would Lose Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Vital Support for the Elderly, Families, and Those in Nursing Homes - Would Be Forced to Dramatically Raise Taxes or Slash Benefits

As a Result, 30 Million Americans Could Get Kicked Off Medicaid - Forcing Seniors to Be Denied Critical, Life-Saving Care

The Democratic Policy and Communications Center (DPCC) today released new national and state-by-state reports revealing the devastating impact the Republican Medicare-ending budget would have on seniors, families, and nursing home residents.  The report shows that, on top of ending Medicare and increasing senior's out-of-pocket health care costs by nearly $6,000, the GOP budget would also cut $1.7 trillion in benefits for seniors, families and those in nursing homes, which could force as many as 30 million Americans off of Medicaid

The GOP budget also cuts $550 billion in health care for seniors, with could lead to seniors being denied access to life-saving care and shutting nursing homes down across the country.  With state governments across the country already cash-strapped, the reduced federal support and increased burdens included in the GOP proposal would require them to drastically slash benefits, increase taxes, or both.

The new DPCC national report and state-by-state breakdown can be found here. 

Report Highlights: 

  • The Republican plan could force as many as 30 million Americans off of Medicaid.
  • The Republican plan cuts over $1.7 trillion from health care services provided through Medicaid, including $550 billion in senior health care.  As a result, nursing homes across the country could be forced to slash services, turn away seniors, of close their doors.   
  • The Republican plan would shift costs to state taxpayers at a time when 42 states already face a budget crisis.  This could lead to huge tax hikes on taxpayers in states across the country.  

The Republican budget also doubles-down on their effort to end Medicare as we know it. Under their plan, over 45 million soon-to-be seniors would be forced out of Medicare's guaranteed benefits and onto a voucher, and out-of-pocket costs for the typical senior could go up by nearly $6,000.  

The DPCC national report and state-by-state breakdown on the impact on Medicare are below: 

National

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming