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The mainstream media has been abuzz the past few days over the House’s vote on Thursday to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Most of the coverage has been focused on two issues: 1.) the impact “Trumpcare” will have on individuals with pre-existing conditions and 2.) the political repercussions for those who voted, whether it be “aye” or “nay”. What has garnered little notice, although it has huge consequences for the most vulnerable among us, is the effect Medicaid cuts will have on students with disabilities and the schools which serve them. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 73% of students with special needs are from low or middle income families. Schools rely on Medicaid dollars to provide such students with services like physical and occupational therapy, equipment, and preventative care such as hearing and vision screenings.
With zero Democratic support, Republicans in the House voted as part of their plan to cut $880 billion in Medicaid spending by the year 2026. These cuts would remove the federal expenditure guarantees and push the burden to the states in a capped payment system. States would be given a fixed dollar amount that would in no way account for increases in healthcare costs.
“Trumpcare creates a system in which children with disabilities will be pitted against elderly nursing home residents in a fight over state Medicaid funding that is inadequate to pay for necessary services,” writes Susan Spicka, Executive Director of Education Voters of PA, in a recent blog post.
Members of Congress will be coming home for an 11 day recess. Now would be a good time to put them on notice.
Click here to read Ms. Spicka’s post, “Trumpcare savages funding for students with disabilities”.
posted by Amy Levengood