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Engel Statement on Illegal Trump Admin. Plan to Block Grant Medicaid

Engel Statement on Illegal Trump Admin. Plan to Block Grant Medicaid

Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement on The Trump Administration’s plan to cut Medicaid by turning it into a block grant program:

 “In yet another attack on Americans’ health care, the Trump Administration has unveiled illegal rules to block grant Medicaid, which will take coverage away from millions of New Yorkers. These rules are part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing agenda to gut the safety-net programs that are critical to helping Americans access health care. Republicans have tried this horrendous policy before as part of their failed efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As we did before, we must stop it again.

“This week I joined more than 30 of my House colleagues on a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar denouncing this plan. In our letter, we made it clear to the Secretary that the power to change Medicaid’s structure rests with Congress not the Executive Branch. If the Administration continues to press forward with this ill-conceived plan, we will have no choice but to take legal action to stop it.”