In May, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would cut $880 billion in federal spending on Medicaid over 10 years. Now, the Senate is considering several options for healthcare reform, all of which would place harmful cuts or caps on Medicaid.
These changes will have devastating implications for schools, and especially for students with learning and attention issues. Children currently make up half of all Medicaid recipients, with public schools receiving $4 billion dollars a year in Medicaid reimbursements, which is used to pay for things like:
Salaries for school health professionals such as nurses, psychologists, counselors, and therapists
Equipment or assistive technology for students with disabilities
Health services for students living in poverty who otherwise wouldn’t have access to doctors
While Medicaid exists to provide services for students who qualify for it, like kids with disabilities and those living in poverty, the changes to Medicaid funding will impact all students.
Right now, as the Senate is discussing these options and working to pass its own version of healthcare reform. It’s important that they hear from you on how important Medicaid is to our students and schools.
Use the form below to tell your Senator: Reject Harmful Cuts to Medicaid and let them know that your priority is to ensure all students have access to important health screenings and healthcare professionals in schools.
(Need more information about this alert? Read NCLD's recent blogs about Medicaid: 3 Reasons Why Medicaid Matters in Schools and Healthcare Reform: What the AHCA and BCRA Mean for Medicaid)
Please Reject Harmful Cuts to Medicaid
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am a voter who cares about a child with learning and attention issues and I strongly urge you to reject any bill that cuts or caps Medicaid.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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