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Advocacy Update: House Cancels Vote on Obamacare Repeal

March 28, 2017

Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill was reported to have been pulled because there were not enough votes for it to be passed. Despite direct advocacy by President Trump, many members did not come to an agreement on the best approach to repeal and replace sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare.

As previously reported, the bill includes changes to the ACA, but most significantly, the bill would have modified how the federal government would distribute Medicaid dollars.

Call to Action: Oppose Medicaid Cuts to School Districts and Students

March 22, 2017

This Thursday, March 23rd, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill proposed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or "Obamacare." Among the proposed changes, the bill would dramatically change the way states receive Medicaid funds by imposing a cap. Public school districts provide health care services to their students, such as:

  • speech-language pathology
  • occupational and physical therapy
  • mental and behavioral health services
  • vision and hearing screenings
  • diabetes and asthma management 
  • wheelchairs
  • hearing aids

Advocacy Update: NYSSBA Summaries of Legislative Budget Proposals

March 17, 2016

Both the Assembly and the Senate released their house's respective budget bills this week.

These proposals represent the next step in the process to negotiate a final state spending plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Advocacy Update: Additional Details about Senate Budget Proposal Emerge

March 16, 2017

Throughout the day, additional details about the budget proposal were released. In a break with tradition, in addition to the Senate Budget Resolution sponsored by Majority Leader Flanagan, Leader of the IDC, Senator Klein advanced a similar, but not identical resolution, including some items with which the IDC disagrees with their coalition partners. 

Only the resolution advanced by the Senate Republicans was adopted and will serve as the starting place for budget negotiations.

Advocacy Update: 2017 Legislative Budget Proposals Released

March 14, 2017

Last night, the Assembly and Senate began to release their respective budget proposals.

The complete Assembly proposal was released slightly ahead of the Senate proposal, so more details on the Assembly's version are available at this time. An analysis of the bills will be shared as soon as it is complete.

Advocacy Update: Congress Acts on ACA Repeal

March 13, 2017

Last week, House Republicans released the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace sections the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). The bill makes several changes to sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including a rollback of the Medicaid expansion authorized by the ACA and a restructuring of the way States will receive Medicaid funding.

The bill would make a number of changes to Medicaid financing, including creation of a per capita cap model (i.e., per enrollee limits on federal payments to States) starting in fiscal year 2020. The bill proposes to use States' FY 2016 as the base year to set targeted spending for each enrollee category. The bill does exempt certain payments from the spending caps and allows for certain exemptions for specific populations.

Call to Action: Oppose Tuition Tax Credits and Vouchers

March 8, 2017

Lawmakers at the state and federal level are continuing to demonstrate their support for the creation of tax credits and other programs that would divert public dollars to support nonpublic K-12 schools. President Trump mentioned the issue in his recent address to Congress. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) has introduced legislation that, if enacted, would require states to make federal dollars available to parents to use for private school tuition (HR 610). At the state level, three different proposals have been advanced in recent weeks to create tax credits for nonpublic school tuition and donations to scholarship programs and foundations (S.4366, Golden and S.5011, Golden and A.5862, Cusick).

Advocacy Update: Elia and Schneiderman Advise School Districts on Protection of Immigrant Students' Rights

March 2, 2017

Earlier this week, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman jointly released guidance reminding school districts of their rights and duties under existing state and federal laws to ensure the rights of immigrant children to attend the state's public school districts.

The guidance and press release can be viewed below:

Update: State Leaders Reaffirm Protections for Transgender Students

February 24, 2017

Late Wednesday action was taken by federal officials to roll back an Obama era directive that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in alignment with their gender identity. This Executive action left decisions on this issue in the hands of states and in the absence of state policy, districts.

New York leaders were swift in responding, reaffirming the state's commitment to protect the rights of all students, including transgender and gender non-conforming students, regardless of federal action.

Call To Action: State Aid for Enrollment Growth and ELL

February 23, 2017

Legislation Introduced to Provide Aid for Enrollment Growth and ELL Students

Legislation has been introduced in the Assembly that would provide targeted state aid for districts with recent growth in student enrollment, as well as for districts experiencing increases in their numbers of English language learner (ELL) students. This funding is a NYSSBA budget priority for 2017-18. NYSSBA highlighted the need for this change in our budget testimony delivered to the legislature earlier this month.

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