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Sen. Carper worries Medicaid cuts would hurt autism programs

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Delaware Public Media
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Sen. Tom Carper visited an autism services center in Lewes Friday to discuss how a Senate Republican healthcare plan would impact that organization’s programs.

Carper said the GOP’s proposed cuts to Medicaid could end some of the programs at Autism Delaware that train adults with autism to enter the workforce.

 

“These programs give adults with autism the skills to earn jobs and create a little bit of of a savings and be a contributing citizen to our society," he said.

 

It’s estimated the Republican-backed Better Care Reconciliation Act would cut Medicaid funding in Delaware by at least $2 billion over 10 years.

 

Carper said children and people living in nursing homes would also be hit hard by the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare.

 

Medicaid pays for two-thirds of people living in nursing homes.

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