Trump Proposes to Block Grant Medicaid, Ration Health Care

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s Medicaid block grant guidance:

“This administration has been on a mission to undermine the health care of people in America from day one. Allowing states to block grant Medicaid is only the latest attack. With this proposal, the president is essentially putting forward the notion that we should ration health care for the most vulnerable people in our nation. Besides being an affront to civil and human rights, Trump’s guidance is an illegitimate attempt to implement changes that were rejected by Congress during the failed Affordable Care Act repeal effort in 2017. The Trump administration does not have the authority to make this structural change via a letter—or unilaterally. We will work with our allies to ensure this foolhardy and dangerous scheme does not take root.”

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