New Your State School Boards Association

Take Action to Protect Medicaid in Schools


September 20, 2017

As the U.S. Senate considers yet another version of healthcare reform legislation to change the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," NYSSBA, in partnership with the National School Boards Association (NSBA), urges local school board members to contact their U.S. Senators and congressional representatives and urge them to oppose legislation or provisions that place arbitrary caps on how much Medicaid funding a child receives. Take Action Now

Medicaid funding is directly related to a school's ability to assist students by providing access to quality healthcare.

Contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to protect this funding.

Visit the NYSSBA Online Action Center to access letters to legislators on this and other NYSSBA priority bills.  


NYSSBA Letter on DACA

Last week, NYSSBA sent a letter calling on Congress to take swift action to resolve issues around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, after the President's announcement that he would phase out the program but may take action if Congress fails to. To read NYSSBA's letter, follow the link below.


Reminder: Appointing a Voting Delegate

Just a reminder, forms have gone out to all district clerks to allow for the appointment of a voting delegate at  NYSSBA's annual business meeting on Saturday, October  14th, at 8:00am.

If you are interested in being the voting delegate for your district, contact your district clerk, or Penny Martiniano at penny.martiniano@nyssba.org


Get Involved - Appoint an Advocacy Liaison

As a part of the annual NYSSBA Reorganization Survey, your district was asked if you have an advocacy liaison for the 2017-18 school year. While many districts have shared this information, many have not. As an advocacy liaison, you are agreeing to do the following:

  • Stay subscribed to NYSSBA Advocacy Alerts
  • Attend NYSSBA advocacy events such as conferences and webinars (with Board approval)
  • Brief your board on NYSSBA advocacy activities
  • Share information contained in Advocacy Alerts at board meetings
  • Respond to "Call to Action" alerts and encourage other board members to do so
  • Act as a coordinator for in-district legislative visits
  • Serve as a point of contact for limited, targeted communication

For more information, please contact Belinda Heckler at belinda.heckler@nyssba.org


NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will keep you up to date on these and other issues.

For more information, visit our Key Issues Page, and be sure to follow NYSSBA on Facebook and Twitter.

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