The Senate and the House of Representatives have worked out their differences and are expected to vote on final tax legislation shortly; the House will vote TODAY and the Senate tomorrow. Thus, NOW is the time to act and stop this legislation from becoming law.
Because of your extraordinary advocacy efforts, we were able to eliminate two provisions to the bill that would have been incredibly detrimental to people with mobility impairments:
- The final bill will not impact the ability of a taxpayer to deduct medical expenses for themselves and dependents that exceed more than 10 percent of their adjusted gross income. In fact, the final bill language slightly improves the medical deduction, allowing expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (but for only two years).
- The final bill also maintains the deduction small businesses can receive on improvements to their facilities to make them more accessible. This credit has been vital for pushing back against (while providing a financial incentive to) businesses that claim it’s too expensive to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
While that is good news, one of the worst provisions remains intact; the elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, which would leave as many as 13 million low- and middle-income Americans without insurance over the next decade, including five million individuals now receiving Medicaid. It would also cause premiums to rise by about 10 percent for the next ten years.
In addition, since the bill will increase the federal deficit by as much as $1.5 trillion, it could serve as a pathway to steep cuts in programs of great significance to people with disabilities. Congress may choose to cut Medicaid, Medicare, and other critical programs to offset the increased deficit.
NOW is the time to write your legislators and urge them to vote against repeal of the individual mandate. Enter your information in the boxes to the right to send a message to your legislators and let them know how detrimental such a decision can be.
You have already made a huge impact for the better on tax reform – but we need you to weigh in just once more. Thank you for your continued advocacy efforts.