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July 11, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Medicaid cuts will unfairly impact individuals with disabilities

HEALTH CARE | This week the Senate will continues its efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which includes major cuts to Medicaid. Individuals that would be impacted have been protesting at the Capitol, including those with disabilities. (Atlantic, 7/10)

Right now, more than 80 percent of Medicaid’s budget funds health care for the disabled, elderly, and children. The plan “fundamentally changes Medicaid in a way that hasn’t been done before,” said MaryBeth Musumeci, a Medicaid expert at Kaiser Family Foundation. The Senate bill would reduce Medicaid’s budget by a projected 35 percent over the next two decades, compared to current policy, and because so much of its budget already goes to the neediest Americans, Musumeci said it would have “profound implications for all beneficiaries.”

Some services, like hospital care and nursing homes, are mandated under federal law and can’t be cut. But advocates warn that because other services that are essential to disabled people are technically optional, they could be the first on the chopping block.

NONPROFIT
– A new report, Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap, explores how the nonprofit sector can address the structural barriers to leadership based on race and identity. (Race to Lead, 7/11)

– Why Charities Shouldn’t Start Ignoring the Ban on Partisan Politicking (Chronicle, 7/11 – Subscription needed)

PHILANTHROPY
– The Greater Washington Community Foundation (formerly the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region) has launched Voices of the Community (VoicesDMV), a new initiative designed to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing residents in the region. More information here.

Public Welfare Foundation has selected Candice C. Jones as the Foundation’s next president and CEO. (PWF, 7/10)

HOMELESSNESS | Advocates and others came together to discuss how best to address the criminalization of the homeless population at a national forum last week. (Street Sense, 7/10)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A transgender woman was intentionally hit by a car in the District last week. (Blade, 7/8)

HOUSING | Residents of a Manassas, VA mobile park anxiously await a decision on whether they can can stay on their land or if the city will buy it. (InsideNOVA, 7/10)


The District’s Fringe Festival is here.

– Kendra 

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