Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition Issues Statement Rejecting American Health Care Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – April 28, 2017 – The co-chairs of the Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition issued the following statement today rejecting the American Health Care Act. 
  
“The Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition opposes the latest Medicaid proposal under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives. Children cannot learn to their fullest potential with unmet health needs and this legislation would take health care services and access away from American’s most vulnerable children.
 
“Medicaid is a cost-effective and efficient provider of essential health care services for children. School-based Medicaid programs serve as a lifeline to children who often can’t access critical health care and health services outside of their schools. Under this bill, the bulk of the mandated costs of providing health care coverage would be shifted to the states even though health needs and costs of care for children will remain the same or increase.
 
“A per-capita cap, even one that is based on different groups of beneficiaries, will disproportionally harm children’s access to care, including services received at school. Schools are often the hub of the community, and converting Medicaid’s financing structure to per-capita caps threatens to significantly reduce access to comprehensive health care for children with disabilities and those living in poverty. We urge Congressional leaders to reject the American Health Care Act.”  
  
Sasha Pudelski
AASA, The School Superintendents Association

John Hill
National Alliance for Medicaid in Education   
 
Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach
National Association of School Psychologists

For specific questions about the Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition, please contact Sasha Pudelski, AASA assistant director, policy and advocacy, at spudelski@aasa.org.

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