REPUBLICAN HEALTH PLAN WILL STRIP MEDICAID FUNDING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

The American Healthcare Act, otherwise known as Trumpcare, will strip Medicaid funding for special needs and disabled students.

Trumpcare will remove $800 Billion in Medicaid funding over a period of 10 years, according to The Week.

The New York Times briefly explains the role of Medicaid in special education and what Trumpcare will do to local school districts:

“For nearly 30 years, Medicaid has helped school systems cover costs for special education services and equipment, from physical therapists to feeding tubes,” reports Erica L. Green, but “under a little-noticed provision of the health-care bill, states would no longer have to consider schools eligible Medicaid providers, meaning they would not be entitled to reimbursements.”

In a letter to Congress, experts explained that this rollback in funding for special needs students would result in ‘rationed-care’ for the country’s most vulnerable.

Congressional Republicans have shown disinterest in keeping Medicaid funding as is since they consider it an unearned “entitlement“.

Back in January, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that the GOP had a “moral obligation” to fix Obamacare.

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