School Medicaid funding at risk in ACA repeal

The National School Board Association and 59 other organizations are urging Congress to oppose HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would cut Medicaid funding that schools use to serve special education and other students. The vote on the bill, which is the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, is scheduled for today.

One section of the AHCA cuts $880 billion in Medicaid funding to schools over the next 10 years, a 25 percent reduction in the reimbursement schools receive for in-school services such as speech, physical therapy and behavioral therapy. It will also impose a per-capita cap on certain populations, such as children, that are eligible for Medicaid services.

In a letter to Congressional leaders, NSBA states, “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 can’t access critical health care and health services outside of their school.”

Reduction of Medicaid reimbursements to schools will shift the bulk of the burden to states to provide services as costs generally increase, likely resulting in tax increases or reduction in student services.

To join the NSBA effort to oppose Medicaid cuts, click here.

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