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President Trump's Budget Proposal Targets Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

May 23, 2017

The Trump administration released its proposed budget today, which would cut Medicaid spending by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. The President recommends $616 billion in new cuts to Medicaid above and beyond the $880 billion already included in the House Republicans’ health care bill. This proposal cuts Medicaid by nearly 50% by 2027. The result will be millions of Americans, including thousands of Vermonters, losing health care coverage.

The following statement is from Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President and CEO:

“VAHHS is strongly opposed to the budget framework set forth by the Trump administration, which seeks to balance the budget by slashing spending on programs and services that help stabilize and improve the lives of vulnerable people.The President’s proposed budget would strip health care coverage for millions of Americans and threaten the very existence of community hospitals. Millions of children, elderly and disabled individuals would shoulder much of the proposed budget cuts, while the wealthiest Americans would reap trillions of dollars in tax breaks.

This budget is counter to the decades of collaborative and compassionate bi-partisan health care reforms we’ve advanced in Vermont. Our work has focused on providing reliable, affordable access to high-quality care, while preserving patient choice and moving to a value-based system.

VAHHS will work with our hospitals, community partners, the American Hospital Association, and our congressional delegation to continue to advocate for budget and health care policies that are wise, fair and sustainable.”