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. The bill would have enacted a per capita cap on federal Medicaid payments to states, thus jeopardizing the Medicaid funding schools receive to provide healthcare services to students, including students with disabilities. Under the ACA, school districts currently receive approximately $4 billion in Medicaid funding each year.
NYSSBA will continue work closely to monitor this and other proposals. At this time, no further votes have been scheduled.
NYS Budget Negotiations Continue
The April 1st budget deadline is fast approaching, and the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team has released a series of memos making our final budget recommendations. Those memos can be viewed below.
In addition, NYSSBA worked with partner organizations in the NYS Educational Conference Board (ECB) and has also released an additional set of budget recommendations. Those memos can be viewed via the link below.
As the week progress, we expect to hear more details on these and other budget related topics, and will keep you up to date. It is not too late for you to weigh in, consider contacting your legislators through NYSSBA's online action center.
Appeals Court Orders Release of Funds for Struggling Schools
In a victory, a New York appeals court has ordered the State Division of Budget to immediately release over $69 million in funding to districts across the state. These monies, appropriated as a part of the 2015 budget, were officially frozen last year by the Division of the Budget after many of the schools on the State's struggling and persistently struggling schools were removed from the receivership list. The court also agreed to expedite the case, arguing that the budget director exceeded his legal authority, scheduling the case for May.
It has not been stated yet what the next steps may be or if an appeal could continue to delay the release of the funds.
NYSSBA has called for the release of the funds since they were initially withheld, and will continue to do until the funding is released.
NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to update you on these and other issues.
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