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Independent Living News & Policy from the National Council on Independent Living

Joint Statement from the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

Tell Congress Medicaid Cuts are off the table!

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2811, the “Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023” on April 26, 2023. This bill would cause deep cuts to discretionary spending. The bill would suspend the debt limit through March 31, 2024, or until the debt increases by $1.5 trillion, whichever comes first. 

This bill would impose radical work requirements for Medicaid enrollees ages 19 to 55 in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling, resulting in millions of people losing Medicaid benefits, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. It would also expand work requirements for the SNAP and TANF programs.  

People with disabilities rely on Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) to live independently in their communities and NOT IN Nursing Homes. Throughout the United States, more than 650,000 people are stuck on HCBS waiting lists and are not getting the services they need. Cuts to Medicaid and Work Requirements causing more red tape would make it even harder for people with disabilities, their families, and the workers who support them to access the care they need to survive. 

We are asking you to contact your House member with the following message: 

  1. No cuts to Medicaid.
  2. Keep Medicaid funding and Work requirements for Medicaid eligibility OUT of debt ceiling negotiations.

To find your representative’s contact information, visit the House Directory.

Rally to Protect Medicaid

NCIL will also be hosting an online rally on Tuesday, May 23 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

CART and ASL will be provided. This event will also be recorded and posted to the On-Demand section of NCIL’s website ( If you need any additional accommodations, please contact Jenny Sichel at [email protected].


  1. John Katsares says

    Please do not cut essential programs like Medicare and Medicaid. I am a quadriplegic and depend upon these programs in order to survive each month with my family. Is there truly programs that’s thousands of us cannot afford to be without.