The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to vote as early as this Friday or Saturday on a new version of the American Health Care Act. The provisions in this new version are far worse for children and their families than the initial proposed bill that never made it to the House floor last month due to a lack of "yea" votes. President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have been negotiating with conservative republicans over the last month to craft a new bill that would be acceptable to them and gain their support.
CEC is concerned that the Medicaid refinancing provision in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives jeopardizes health care for the nation's most vulnerable children; children with disabilities and children in poverty. Specifically, a per capita cap system for states will undermine state's ability to provide America's neediest children access to vital health care that ensures they have adequate educational and developmental opportunities and can contribute to society. Medicaid is a cost effective and 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. Accordingly, a per capita cap, even one that is based on different groups of beneficiaries, will disproportionately harm children's access to care, including services received at schools and early childhood programs. Considering these unintended consequences, urge your member of Congress to vote "No" on the American Health Care Act! Vote is predicted to be Friday, April 28 or Saturday, April 29!
Significant reductions to Medicaid spending could have devastating effects on our nation's children, especially those with disabilities. Due to the under-funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), districts and programs rely on Medicaid reimbursements to ensure children with disabilities have access to the supports and ensure a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and early intervention services. Potential consequences of this critical loss of funds include:
- Fewer health services
- Cuts to general education
- Higher taxes
- Job loss
- Fewer critical supplies
- Fewer mental health supports
- Noncompliance with IDEA
Visit the Legislative Action Center to write your Representative and tell them to vote "No" on the American Health Care Act that undermines health care for children with disabilities.
House Vote - Predicted to be Friday, April 28 or Saturday, April 29!