Save Medicaid In Schools Coalition Statement: House Passage of American Health Care Act

For Immediate Release

Contact:
James Minichello

AASA
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org
 
Alexandria, Va. – May 4, 2017 – The Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition issued the following statement today regarding the vote on the American Health Care Act.

“The Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition is deeply disappointed in the result of today’s vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The passage of this bill, which restructures Medicaid and removes mandates of critical coverage for comprehensive essential health benefits, jeopardizes health care for the nation’s most vulnerable children: Students with disabilities and students in poverty.

“AHCA reneges on Medicaid’s 50-plus-year commitment to provide America’s children with access to vital health care services that ensure they have adequate educational opportunities and can contribute to society by imposing a per-capita cap and shifting current and future costs to taxpayers in every state and Congressional district. The policy changes put forth in this bill will disproportionally harm children’s access to care, including services received at school.

“School-based Medicaid programs serve as a lifeline to children who can’t access critical health care and health services outside of their schools. However, the projected loss of $880 billion in federal Medicaid dollars will compel states to ration health care for children. Under the per-capita caps included in the AHCA, health care will be rationed and schools will be forced to compete with other critical health care providers—hospitals, physicians, and clinics—that serve Medicaid-eligible children. School-based health services are mandated on the states and those mandates do not cease simply because Medicaid funds are capped by the AHCA.

“Our nation’s vulnerable youth deserve better. We urge the Senate to reject these harmful proposals in AHCA and preserve the availability of comprehensive Medicaid services, including those provided at school.”

Please contact the chairs of the Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition with any questions or to have further conversation about the importance of Medicaid in schools.

·  Sasha Pudelski (spudelski@aasa.org)

·  Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach (kvaillancourt@naspweb.org)

·  John Hill (john.hill@medicaidforeducation.org).
  
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