U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal will include cuts to Medicaid and propose changes to other assistance programs for low-income citizens.In early May, a Republican healthcare bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives sought to overhaul the national healthcare system. The goal is to cut more than $800 billion over the next 10 years from Medicaid. However, the healthcare bill may face a difficult time in the Senate. Many Democrats and some Republicans fear the impact of additional costs for millions of Americans. The White House will give individual U.S. states the decision over a variety of anti-poverty programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the largest U.S. anti-hunger program (which was formerly called the food stamp program).
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 44 million Americans received benefits from the SNAP program. The White House’s $4.094 trillion budget request for fiscal 2018 calls for cuts that will hit anti-poverty programs as well. It would cut funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides benefits to the poor, by roughly 20 percent next year.