Earlier this year, Congress developed two proposals for healthcare reform that threatened to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid. With your help, those proposals were defeated.
But now, Senators Graham (R-SC) and Cassidy (R-LA) are
trying to build support for the newest healthcare reform bill which, like the
other proposals we’ve seen, drastically cuts and places 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 Senators are deciding whether they will support the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, 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 the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill and any proposal that cuts or caps Medicaid. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), schools are obligated to provide medically-necessary services to students with disabilities. For the 1 in 5 students with learning and attention issues, cuts to Medicaid mean further strained resources for getting the help they need to succeed in the classroom.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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