FOCUS: Special Ed, Medicaid, and the Senate’s BCRA
GOAL: Protect funding for special education needs
DEADLINE: Thursday, July 13th
The Medicaid-related cuts in the Senate’s Healthcare bill (BCRA) would affect students receiving special education.
From the Washington Post:
“For the past three decades, Medicaid has helped pay for services and equipment that schools provide to special-education students, as well as school-based health screening and treatment for children from low-income families. Now, educators from rural red states to the blue coasts are warning that the GOP push to shrink Medicaid spending will threaten a school funding source that a national superintendents association estimates at up to $4 billion per year.
That money pays for nurses, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists and medical equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs. It also pays for preventive and comprehensive health services for poor children, including immunizations, screening for hearing and vision problems and management of chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call Senators Warren (202-224-4543) and Markey (202-224-2742) to let them know you oppose these cuts that affect children in special education.
Sample Script (h/t Jen Hoffmann):
“Hi. I’m concerned about cuts to services for kids in special ed programs. I believe we have a responsibility to fully support all learners. The Senate healthcare bill strips Medicaid funding which currently covers essential tools, staff, and screenings to give these kids a fair chance. I oppose the bill for many reasons, but this one is critical. (If it affects you directly, share why.) Thanks.”
Reach out to friends and family members living in other states, and have them contact their Senators in opposition to these cuts. Especially if their Senators are on the HELP committee:
Chairman – Sen Lamar Alexander, R, TN, (202) 224-49442
Sen Michael B. Enzi, R, WY (202) 224-3424
Sen Richard Burr, R, NC (202) 224-3154
Sen Johnny Isakson, R, GA (202) 224-3643
Sen Rand Paul, R, KY (202) 224-4343
Sen Susan Collins, R, ME (202) 224-2523
Sen Bill Cassidy, MD R, LA (202) 224-5824
Sen Todd Young, R, IN (202) 224-5623
Sen Orrin Hatch, R, UT (202) 224-5251
Sen Pat Roberts, R, KS (202) 224-4774
Sen Lisa Murkowski, R, AK (202) 224-6665
Sen Tim Scott, R, SC (202) 224-6121
Sen Patty Murray, D, WA (202) 224-2621
Sen Bernie Sanders, I, VT (202) 224-5141
Sen Robert P Casey, JR, D PA (202) 224-6324
Sen Al Franken, D, MN (202) 224-5641
Sen Michael F. Bennet, D, CO (202) 224-5852
Sen Sheldon Whitehouse, D, RI (202) 224-2921
Sen Tammy Baldwin, D, WI (202) 224-5653
Sen Christopher Murphy, D, CT (202) 224-4041
Sen Elizabeth Warren, D, MA (202) 224-4543
Sen Tim Kaine, D, VA (202) 224-4024
Sen Maggie Hassan, D, NH (202) 224-3324
ADDITIONAL READING & INFO:
- From the Washington Post: GOP health-care bill could cut funds schools use to help special-ed students
- From the NYT: A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education
- From the School Superintendents Association: Save Medicaid In Schools Coalition Issues Statement Rejecting American Health Care Act
TO REACH YOUR MOCs:
1. Reach MOCs via the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
2. Look up your elected senators and reps.
3. Use Faxzero to send free faxes from your computer to your Senator or Congressperson.
4. Use Resistbot to send faxes to your senators right from your phon.: Text the word “RESIST” to 50409.