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Vol. 21: Urgent Action Needed on Healthcare

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Contact Your Senators to urge them to VOTE NO!

The newest version of the Senate health care "replace and repeal" bill has been introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham(R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).  This bill includes similar reductions to previously introduced health care replacement bills that have  failed including cuts to Medicaid.   As noted in previous policy newsletters,  Medicaid provides essential funding to our schools in order to offer health services for low-income students.  It also provides federally-required medical and support services for students with disabilities.

If passed into law, this bill will also:  
  • force states to financially reduce eligible services  
  • limit eligibility for low-income individuals
  • lower reimbursement rates for services  
  • restrict allowable service providers which include school districts.  
  • reduce the 4 billion dollars schools receive for Medicaid funding
The proposed bill eliminates the traditional Medicaid federal-state partnership structure of guaranteed federal Medicaid matching payments for a set of eligible medical services replacing it with a finite per-capita grant for each state.

The Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Please contact our Ohio leaders, Senator Portman and Senator Brown and urge them to vote NO on this bill.  A Senate vote on this new Graham-Cassidy “block grant” approach to the health care replacement bill is anticipated early next week and is expected to come down to a one or two votes margin. The time to call our Senators is now. The Senate Switchboard number is 202-224-3121.

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