Proposed Health Bill May Put Special Education in Danger
The House is scheduled to vote on the Republican proposed health-care bill Thursday, but little attention is being paid on its potential impact on special education, The New York Times reported.
To provide services for millions of students with disabilities, school districts rely on Medicaid, the current federal health-care program for the poor. The publication wrote, "Medicaid has helped school systems cover costs for special education services and equipment, from physical therapists to feeding tubes."
The new law, however, would cut Medicaid by $880 billion, or 25 percent, over 10 years, while imposing a "per-capita cap" on funding for certain groups of people, such as children and the elderly.
A group of school educators and advocacy organizations said, in a letter sent to top lawmakers this week, that Republicans' efforts would force states to "ration health care for children."
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