Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Medicaid Helps Schools Help Children

from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
Medicaid provides affordable and comprehensive health coverage to over 30 million children. It also plays a little known but important role in supporting schools and making sure students, especially those with disabilities, get the care and services they need to succeed.

For eligible children, Medicaid pays for the medical services schools provide to students with disabilities so they can get an education.

Medicaid also pays for health services that all children need, such as vision and dental screenings, and schools can also help enroll eligible but unenrolled children in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and connect them to other health care services and providers.

Medicaid helps schools by reducing special education and other health care-related costs, freeing up funding in state and school budgets to help advance other education initiatives. 

Capping and cutting federal Medicaid funding, as the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act would do, would jeopardize critical health-related services for students and put an important source of funds for schools and states at risk.

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