Senate needs your Medicaid examples

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U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran need to see specific examples this week from Kansas school districts of the impact of possible cuts to Medicaid reimbursements to schools.

Sources in Washington, D.C. say the U.S. Senate is close to moving forward on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare.” The bill, which has not been made publicly available, could contain language that would allow states to no longer consider public schools Medicaid service providers, severely limiting Kansas schools’ ability to receive reimbursements for services mandated by a student’s IEP. It could also place a per-capita limit on Medicaid spending. Another onerous provision could phase out Medicaid coverage over a number of years. Kansas schools receive roughly $46 million in Medicaid reimbursements each year.

You can read additional KASB coverage of this issue here.

Advocacy efforts this week are focused on members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; Sen. Roberts is a member of that committee. Kansas school districts should send an email on school district letterhead to https://www.roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailPat explaining the impact of Medicaid funding on your schools; please also send that email to Sen. Moran at https://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-jerry.

Please also copy Leah Fliter at lfliter@kasb.org so that KASB may coordinate with colleagues in Washington, D.C.

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