Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen: Budget Cuts To Medicaid Threaten Public Health | WYPR

Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen: Budget Cuts To Medicaid Threaten Public Health

May 24, 2017

Yesterday, President Trump issued a budget plan that proposes dramatic cuts to Medicaid and other programs like SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, often referred to as food stamps. Despite campaign promises to the contrary, the president wants to reduce Medicaid spending over 10 years by as much as $1.4 trillion according to some estimates. The Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides healthcare support under Medicaid to low income children, would be cut by 20% in the first year alone. This of course comes after House Republicans passed a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act earlier this month. Some in the Senate have vowed to start over, rather than work with the House bill as they craft their own. 

What could these cuts mean for the most vulnerable folks living in our city who rely on programs like Medicaid and food stamps to survive? Tom is joined by Dr. Leana Wen, the Health Commissioner of the city of Baltimore, for the Midday Healthwatch. 

For updates you can follow Dr. Leana Wen on Twitter @DrLeanaWen and the Baltimore City Health Department @Bmore_healthy.