December 4, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The GOP's tax reform bill was passed by the Senate in a vote just before 2 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, sparking criticism from long-term care provider groups and consumer advocates alike for its potential impact on healthcare.
In a statement LeadingAge, which has expressed its concerns about the overhaul and the version passed by the House earlier this month, said the group opposes the bill and is “deeply disappointed.”
“Our overarching concern is the impact the bill will have on older adults and our non-profit members that serve them,” the statement reads. “We are also deeply concerned about the federal budget and on the future availability of essential services like Medicare, Medicaid, senior housing and home- and community-based services.”
The Center for Medicare Advocacy also bashed the bill's “rushed and secretive process” in a statement, noting that it adds $1 trillion to the national debt that will put programs like Medicare and Medicaid “in the cross-hairs of lawmakers who will use the excuse of growing debt to ‘restructure' or ‘reform' these programs by gutting them.”
“If this tax bill is signed into law, Medicare will face immediate, automatic and ongoing cuts - $25 billion in FY 2018 alone,” the group's statement reads. “This will disproportionately affect people over age 50 who are not yet eligible for Medicare.”