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Tax legislation expected to move soon in the Senate.

Public policy update

Tax legislation expected to move soon in the Senate.

See what’s at stake for people with disabilities.

The US Senate tax bill may come up for a vote as early as this week. (Click here for background information in our October issue of Highlights and Hot Topics.)  The Senate tax bill seeks to cut $1.5 trillion in taxes and remove major components of the Affordable Care Act, while putting Medicaid, Social Security, and programs like employment, education, housing at risk. This could impact individuals with disabilities in significant and long lasting ways. The bill will:

  • Dramatically cut the revenue necessary to fund Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, housing and other services that benefit people with disabilities.
  • Eliminate tax deductions and credits that help people with disabilities work, access housing and get medication.
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone have health insurance. This will cause premiums for people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions to increase, leaving health insurance unaffordable for millions.
  • The $1.5 trillion cut to revenue is the “pay for” for tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.​

​Many people across the nation are sharing their views on the Senate tax bill with their Senators, and you can, too. You can call the main switchboard number at 202-224-3121 (voice) or 202-224-3091 (tty). You can also call their local offices: Senator Burr and Senator Tillis


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