Wednesday, May 24, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rachel Kerestes
Lutheran Services in America Says President Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal Puts the Most Vulnerable Americans at Risk
Proposal Would Cut Essential Programs for Seniors, Children, People with Disabilities, Working Families, the Homeless and More
WASHINGTON – Lutheran Services in America President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker issued the following statement on the President’s 2018 budget proposal:
“President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal seeks to undermine the programs that care for the most vulnerable Americans.
“By drastically cutting health care and social service programs, the President’s budget puts seniors, children, working families, people with disabilities, the homeless and more at risk.
“Slashing federal Medicaid spending by nearly $1.5 trillion – essentially cutting funding in half in 2027– would have devastating consequences for the two-thirds of seniors in nursing homes, 39 percent of American children and over 10 million people with disabilities who rely on the program for health care and long term services and supports.
“Further, the combination of steep Medicaid cuts and drastic spending reductions in critical nutrition, housing, employment and transportation programs will only exacerbate the challenges facing low and middle income Americans.
“We call on Congress to summarily reject the President’s budget proposal.”
Lutheran Services in America is the national network of Lutheran social ministry organizations—connecting over 300 health and human services nonprofit service providers located throughout the country. With over $21 billion in annual revenue and over 250,000 employees, Lutheran Services in America is one of largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. Together the network lifts up the nation’s most vulnerable people from children to seniors—making a difference in the lives of one in 50 Americans every year.