Fiscal Cliff Cuts Delayed but Advocacy Still Needed

Even though Congress has reached an agreement to avert much of the economic turmoil posed by the “fiscal cliff”, don’t put away your countdown clocks just yet. Many impending threats to homeless health care are still out there, including the sequester cuts set to go into effect March 1, the desire to cut low-income entitlements like Medicaid, and the possibility that some in Congress will use hitting the debt ceiling in late February to demand safety net cuts. Educating new members of Congress over these next few weeks on the impact of safety net cuts needs to be the HCH community’s New Year’s Resolution, and hopefully Congress will resolve to protect low-income people as another budget deadline approaches.

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