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
- hearing aids
School districts rely on Medicaid funds to offset the costs of professional services and equipment. If enacted, this bill would significantly impact the ability of districts to sustain these services.
NYSSBA and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) are working to ensure that Congress knows that Medicaid funding is directly related to a school districts ability to assist students by providing access to quality healthcare. Please click on the link below to urge them to oppose legislation that places arbitrary caps on how much Medicaid funding a child receives.
The American Health Care Act would make a number of other changes to the ACA. NSBA's issue brief on the AHCA can be viewed below.
President Trump's Budget Blueprint
Groups throughout the state have been reacting to the release of the administration's budget blueprint. This "skinny" budget proposal is not a legislative budget, and not all program details are available. Unlike New York State, the federal budgeting process is driven by the legislature and not the executive. Congress will put forth a budget proposal in the months to come. However this blueprint sets forth a clearer picture of what the President will want in Congress to focus on.
Overall, the President's budget blueprint includes a proposal to decrease funding to the Department of Education by $9.2 billion or 13.5% (from $68.2 billion to $59 billion).
Education related highlights in the proposal include:
- $1.4 billion in additional spending for school choice related initiatives
- $168 million in new charter school funding
- $250 million for a new private school choice program
- $1 billion in Title I funding for public school choice in system of student based budgeting and open enrollment
- Flat funding for IDEA
- Elimination of funding for Title II, Part A for professional development
- Elimination or reduction of Impact Aid (the outline does not specify)
- Elimination or reduction to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (the outline does not specify)
The full budget blueprint can be viewed below:
NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to update you on these and other issues.
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