If you or someone you know receives Social Security benefits, stay tuned. Social Security provides financial security for people with disabilities, low income, retirees, veterans and families of retired, disabled or deceased workers. About 61 million people earn Social Security checks every month. During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, he stated that he would never cut Social Security. Trump’s new budget proposal will cut Social Security, which violated promises he made during his campaign.
People with disabilities, this is how Trump’s new budget can affect you.
Social Security will be slashed by $72 billion within the next 10 years. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are targeted. This would make it more difficult for disabled workers to get the benefits they need. As of 2017, 10.6 million people are paid around $1,200 a month, averaging up to $14,000 a year. Families with multiple children with disabilities are at the highest risk of going into poverty.
As for housing programs, the budget will go after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 811 program, which provides affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities. This bill could possibly eliminate almost 7,000 housing units.
The budget will also cut over $1.4 trillion more from Medicaid funding. There are over 15 million people, including children and seniors, who depend on Medicaid. Cutting Medicaid can lead to states taking away health insurance coverage or decreasing their services.
Trump’s budget will cut food stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $191 billion over the next 10 years. That’s nearly a 25% cut! At least 680,000 households will lose benefits in 2018.
Funding for Meals on Wheels, a program that provides meals for elderly people, will be reduced.
The Special Olympics education program will be eliminated.
The budget will eliminate both The Paralysis Resource Center, which supports 6 million people living with paralysis, and Limb Loss Resource Center which supports about 2 million people with limb loss.
Many other programs for people with traumatic brain injury, birth defects, autism and other developmental disorders will be cut or reduced significantly.
Now remember, everything I just shared, all the proposed cuts, haven’t passed yet. How do you feel about Trump’s new proposed budget? Let’s talk about it.