On Trumpcare and Special Education

Erica L. Green, reporting for the New York Times:

With all the sweeping changes the Republican bill would impose, little attention has been paid to its potential impact on education. School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country. For nearly 30 years, Medicaid has helped school systems cover costs for special education services and equipment, from physical therapists to feeding tubes. The money is also used to provide preventive care, such as vision and hearing screenings, for other Medicaid-eligible children.

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The new law would cut Medicaid by $880 billion, or 25 percent, over 10 years and impose a “per-capita cap” on funding for certain groups of people, such as children and the elderly — a dramatic change that would convert Medicaid from an entitlement designed to cover any costs incurred to a more limited program.

As someone who received services as a student and later worked in special education classrooms, this part of the AHCA really pisses me off. Special Ed funding is already woeful, and this is a double whammy for families who need medical care for their students.

To Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan for sheparding this bill: 🖕🏼