Vulnerable Disabled Americans Under a Trump Administration

When businessman and reality television personality Donald Trump won the 2016 United States presidential elections, various groups advocating for different people such as refugees, illegal immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community took to the streets to protest his victory. But there is another group that has the possibility of being disenfranchised under a Trump administration—the disabled.

These are people who are blind or disabled adults and children or aged 65 or older who meet stringent income and asset limits ($2,000 for singles, $3,000 for married couples).

In the House of Representatives, Vice President-elect Mike Pence has consistently called for legislative efforts to slash benefits in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and is in favor of privatizing said institutions.

There is also a likelihood that the Trump administration, together with the Republican-led House and Senate, will turn as many federal programs as possible into “block grants”, meaning that a state can receive funding and instead of earmarking said funding for a specially allocated program, the state can now use the money for whatever purpose it see fits.

The process of applying for and actually claiming Social Security disability benefits is often lengthy and time-consuming—a task that someone who is recuperating from an illness or who has had to suffer from a long-term injury may not be up to. Call our attorneys at The Hankey Law Office in Indianapolis at (317) 634-8565 or (800) 520-3633 if you need legal help with this process.