Action Alert: Education advocates urged to contact Congress about proposed Medicaid cuts

KASB members and other educational leaders should contact their members of Congress to urge them to vote against cuts to Medicaid reimbursements to public schools. The cuts are found both in the federal Fiscal Year 2018 budget released today and a House of Representatives proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

In early May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which puts at risk the roughly $4 billion in annual Medicaid reimbursements for in-school services such as speech, physical therapy and behavioral therapy. Kansas Representatives Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Yoder, Roger Marshall and Ron Estes all voted in favor of the measure.

Kansas schools receive approximately $46 million in Medicaid reimbursements.

The House bill also imposes a per-capita cap on certain populations, such as children, that are eligible for Medicaid services. Medicaid is currently an “entitlement” program that is designed to cover most costs for eligible people. Placing a per-capita cap on Medicaid would limit its scope of service.

The FY 2018 budget released today by the White House assumes that the cuts contained in H.R. 1628 become law.

The U.S. Senate is drafting its own version of the AHCA, so KASB members should contact Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Jerry Moran immediately to tell them how the House cuts would affect your students.

School leaders should also contact Jenkins, Yoder, Marshall and Estes to urge them to vote against Medicaid cuts in the federal budget and any future version of the AHCA as the two chambers resolve their differences on the legislation.

Contact information for the Kansas Congressional delegation follows:

Senator Pat Roberts: Phone: (202)-224-4774

Email: www.roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailPat

Senator Jerry Moran: Phone: (202)-224-6521

Email: www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-jerry

Rep. Roger Marshall: Phone: (202)-225-2715

Email: https://marshall.house.gov/contact/email

Rep. Lynn Jenkins: Phone: (202) 225-6601

Email: https://lynnjenkins.house.gov/contact-me/

Rep. Kevin Yoder: Phone: (202) 225-2865

Email: https://yoder.house.gov/contact

Rep. Ron Estes: Phone: (202) 225-6216

Email: https://estes.house.gov/contact/

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