To Protect Children, Senate Republicans Must Drop Medicaid Per Capita Cap

"The Senate Republican health bill, like the House-passed bill, would convert Medicaid to a per capita cap, but it would cut Medicaid even more deeply and pose an even greater threat to coverage for all Medicaid beneficiaries — including children..." Read the full article: CBPP, June 23, 2017, To Protect Children, Senate Republicans Must Drop Medicaid Per Capita Cap | Center on Budget and...

The Medicaid Cap: “Carving Out” Medically Complex Kids Won’t Protect Them

"The Senate Leadership is reportedly including a cap on federal Medicaid payments to states in its version of legislation to “repeal and replace” the ACA.  That cap will apparently look a lot like the cap that narrowly passed the House in early May, but with some tweaks to accommodate concerns of individual Senators. One tweak under consideration has to do with “carving out” medically...

Schools Brace for Impact if Congress Cuts Medicaid Spending

"For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even beyond those that receive funding from the state-federal health care program could be at risk should Congress follow through with plans to change the way...

A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education

"WASHINGTON — While House Republicans lined up votes Wednesday for a Thursday showdown over their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Vickie Glenn sat in her Murphysboro, Ill., office and prayed for it to fail. Ms. Glenn, a Medicaid coordinator for Tri-County Special Education, an Illinois cooperative that helps more than 20 school districts deliver special education services to students,...

Why ACA Repeal Efforts Hurt Schools & How to Get Involved

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, continue to make headlines as members in Congress work to finalize a new replacement bill and bring it to a vote. With so much coverage, we thought it would be helpful to collect the best resources on the impact of ACA repeal and replacement efforts on school-based health and Medicaid billing programs. First, a quick...

Medicaid Helps Schools Help Children

"Medicaid provides affordable and comprehensive health coverage to over 30 million children, improving their health and their families’ financial well-being. In addition to the immediate health and financial benefits that Medicaid provides, children covered by Medicaid experience long-term health and economic gains as adults. Many children receive Medicaid-covered health care not only at the...

What’s at Stake for Schools and Students in Health Care Debate?

"As Congress considers how to reform the nation’s health care system, the decisions made on Capitol Hill could well have a profound impact on schools and their most vulnerable students. How? The most obvious answer is financial. By now we know that Congress is not content to simply repeal the health care plan then-President Barack Obama pushed through seven years ago. Republican lawmakers are...

With Half of California’s Kids on Medicaid, Advocates Worry About Service

California’s Medi-Cal program has grown to cover nearly half of the state’s children, causing policymakers and child advocates to question the ability of the taxpayer-funded program to adequately serve so many poor kids. In the past two years alone, the program has added nearly 1 million young people up to age 20, including those newly eligible for Medi-Cal coverage under the Affordable...

Children’s Health Insurance Program Deserves Funding

"Insuring kids isn't just an act of kindness; it's an investment in a better-educated, healthier and more productive population." In what may be a hopelessly quixotic effort, supporters of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program are trying to persuade Congress to renew its funding almost a year in advance — and in a lame-duck session. Nevertheless, lawmakers ought to heed that call....

“School-Based Health Centers” Could be the Future of Medicine for Teens

This isn't your mom's school nurse; it's a full medical center—in a high school. These school-based health centers are taking off in D.C. Here's why that's a good thing. While a school nurse can hand out band-aids and Tylenol, Jason Beverly, a medical provider at Anacostia Senior High School, can prescribe and administer antibiotics, allergy meds and more. Beverly is part of a movement in...