Capitol Correspondence - 04.23.18

In Executive Order, President Directs Agencies to Change Safety Net Program Requirements

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According to The Hill:

“The Trump administration is seeking to completely revamp the country’s social safety net, targeting recipients of Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance.

Trump is doing so through a sweeping executive order that was quietly issued earlier[last] week — and that largely flew under the radar.

It calls on the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and other agencies across the federal government to craft new rules requiring that beneficiaries of a host of programs work or lose their benefits.


The order is directed at “any program that provides means-tested assistance or other assistance that provides benefits to people, households or families that have low incomes.” Click here to read the full article.

ANCOR is deeply vigilant about efforts that would affect the quality of life and supports for people with IDD. This Executive Order does not have immediate impact, but rather directs the named federal agencies to address their safety net programs and create additional work to receive benefits programs. We are currently engaging with relevant agencies to understand how and when this memo will be implemented, and what it means for our members’ supports and services. We will keep members informed as we learn more.