Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition Statement Regarding Release of Draft Senate Health Care Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: 
Sasha Pudelski 

AASA 
703-875-0733 
703-774-6933 (cell)  
spudelski@aasa.org


Alexandria, Va. – June 22, 2017 – “The Save Medicaid in the Schools Coalition is deeply disappointed that the Senate chose to retain language from the House version of the American Health Care Act in its Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, which ends Medicaid as an entitlement program and jeopardizes healthcare for the nation’s most vulnerable children: students with disabilities and students in poverty. This bill reneges on Medicaid’s 50+ year commitment to provide America’s children with access to vital healthcare 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 school. However, the projected loss of hundreds of billions in federal Medicaid dollars will compel states to ration health care for children. Under the per-capita caps included in the AHCA, funding for health care will be limited 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 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.

 

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About AASA

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.

 


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