Thursday, June 22, 2017

Federal Legislative Report 115-05

MEDICAID FUNDING IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

A vote is expected within the next two weeks on the Senate’s version of a health care bill, also discussed as a repeal of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. The House passed their version on May 4. The Senate version has mostly been negotiated behind the scenes; however, before any vote is taken in the Senate, an independent analysis must be done of the language by the Congressional Budget Office.

Illinois school districts currently receive $144 million in Medicaid reimbursements to provide medical care and special education services for students. These services include the work of professionals such as speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, and reimbursement for costly supplies and materials. The House version contained language jeopardizing Medicaid funding in schools (see FLR 115-02 and 115-03), and it is assumed the Senate language will contain the same.

Please contact Senators Durbin and Duckworth and ask them to oppose provisions that place arbitrary caps on how much Medicaid funding a child receives. Also, let them know the services you provide in your district that will be at risk if those funds are not available.

Senator Durbin: 202/224-2152
Senator Duckworth: 202/224-2854

Click here to read the entire Federal Legislative Report 115-05, including information on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act and Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget appropriations.