In May, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA would cut $880 billion in federal spending on Medicaid over 10 years. Now, the Senate is considering two options for health care reform: the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), and the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA). Though it's not clear right now which bill they will vote on next week, both would have devastating effects to the Medicaid program.
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 The American Health Care Act: What it Means 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 cuts to Medicaid that are proposed under the American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The AHCA proposes cutting $880 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years, and the BCRA proposes a $756 billion cut, which will have a devastating impact on all students, especially those with disabilities.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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