Due to strong advocacy from CEC advocates and other stakeholders across the nation, the U.S. House of Representatives heard the importance of protecting Medicaid for children and youth with disabilities as they considered their vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As you know from previous updates in the Policy Insider, CEC was concerned that the Medicaid refinancing provision in the AHCA would jeopardize health care for the nation’s most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty. Congressional members in the House heard the message from states, school districts and early intervention programs that Medicaid, as currently in law, is cost effective and an efficient way to fund essential health care services for children. In fact, while children comprise almost half of Medicaid beneficiaries, less than one in five dollars spent by Medicaid is consumed by children.
On March 24th, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) withdrew the AHCA from consideration. It was clear that votes to support the AHCA, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, were not there!
Thank you CEC advocates! You made a difference to protect the $4 billion in Medicaid that school districts and early intervention programs rely on to provide services to children and youth with disabilities.