Drastic Cuts to Medicaid Programs Considered
Friday, February 17, 2017
Congress has begun the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is now reportedly on the fast track to include drastic cuts to the Medicaid programs.
As outlined in this report by AASA, THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION, Medicaid has permitted payment to schools for certain medically necessary services provided to children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through an individualized education program (IEP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP) since 1988. Schools are thus eligible to be reimbursed for direct medical services to students eligible for Medicaid with an IEP or IFSP. In addition, districts can be reimbursed by Medicaid for providing Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Benefits (EPSDT), which provides Medicaid eligible children under age 21 with a broad array of health care screening, diagnosis and treatment services. These services may include vision and hearing screenings, and diabetes and asthma diagnosis and management.
If a per-capita cap or block grant were to be enacted as being proposed, school districts would stand to lose much of their funding for Medicaid. A block grant means that districts may no longer receive a dedicated source of funding based on the services they are reimbursed for providing to students. Instead, schools would be forced to compete with hospitals, doctors, urgent-care clinics and other health-care centers to ensure continued reimbursement. Furthermore, there is no guarantee a state may choose to allow school districts could continue to receive reimbursement for IDEA or EPSDT services, so they could lose their entire allocation. The result could be disastrous for the students receiving Medicaid-eligible services and to the schools/personnel providing the services.
Call your Senators and Representatives today 202-224-3121 to let them know the importance of Medicaid funding and how such funding is used to provide critical services to your family or students you represent.
Consider attending a local town hall meeting while your Senator or Representative is in district, find scheduled meetings here.