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Medicaid funding cuts jeopardize critical school-based health programs

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a health care bill, the American Health Care Act, that will result in significant funding cuts to public schools. The bill which repeals and replaces parts of the Affordable Care Act, also makes major changes to the Medicaid program, including how the Federal government funds their share of Medicaid costs. Most significantly, the legislation would enact a per capita cap on federal Medicaid payments to States.

Medicaid funds help school districts provide critical health services to ensure that students receive a quality education; services such as: speech-language pathology; audiology services; occupational therapy; school psychology services; assistive technology devices; nursing services; orientation, mobility and vision services; personal care services, and psychiatric services.

The American Health Care Act puts $4 billion of Medicaid funding public schools receive annually at risk, drastically affecting the ability of local school board members to ensure that students with disabilities and students in poverty receive critically necessary services.

Lawmakers must prioritize our most vulnerable students and carefully consider the important benefits that Medicaid funding provides.

Learn more about the American Health Care Act and its implications for public school students in these additional resources:

NSBA’s Issue Brief on the American Health Care Act

NSBA Letter to House and Senate leaders to oppose the American Health Care Act

Coalition Letter to House and Senate leaders to Save Medicaid in Schools

American Health Care Act – Text

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Cost Estimate (Impact of Bill)

U.S. House of Representatives: Impact of Affordable Care Act Repeal by Congressional District 

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