I have heard that the federal government is taking away federal funding from things like planned parenthood and meals on wheels for example. But then I'm also hearing that they are taking that funding and giving it to the states to distribute as they see fit. Did i get that right or not? And if that is the case it just becomes the states responsibility to fund those programs, right?
I have heard that the federal government is taking away federal funding from things like planned parenthood and meals on wheels for example. But then I'm also hearing that they are taking that funding and giving it to the states to distribute as they see fit.
The Donald Trump administration's budget proposal eliminates a program that gave block grants to states to spend based on state priorities. Some of that money is spent on Meals on Wheels. However, the checks are issued by the state.
The federal government also funds Meals on Wheels directly through an agency called Administration for Community Living in the Health and Human Services department. This provides about 35% of the overall funding for Meals on Wheels. This program is not slated for cancellation or specific cuts. There is some speculation that it may be cut as part of a general 16% funding cut for Health and Human Services. It's not clear if this is included or not at this time, as there are no details on the 16% funding cut.
Medicaid pays for some Planned Parenthood services. That money already is prohibited from directly funding abortions, but the pro-life people say that it still ends up subsidizing it indirectly. The pro-choice people dispute this. Ignoring who is right, while states administer Medicaid, the federal government does partially pay for and regulate it. Blocking this funding is part of the Obamacare repeal and replace bill, the American Health Care Act of 2017.
In neither of these cases is responsibility being moved to the states. In both cases, it is the states that currently spend the money at issue, although the federal government provides part (Medicaid) or all (block grants) of the funding. The federal funding would simply be revoked in these cases.
There is also a proposal to block grant Medicaid to the states. But that's separate and not under discussion in terms of Meals on Wheels or Planned Parenthood at this time.