We dodged a bullet today, albeit temporarily. And by we, I mean anyone with a health condition of any kind, people with disabilities, schools and well, pretty much everyone. The AHCA vote is delayed for at least another day, maybe a weekend.
This is mixed news–yay, that our calls, letters and overall resistance is working. Mixed because these fools are hell-bent on making this happen and they knew they couldn’t make it happen today. But they are not giving up.
The other day, my friend Monica explained to us why Medicaid funding to schools is critical and how it works. But how much is at stake here? You might be surprised! The updated CBO score shows the bill still kicks 24 million off of insurance and cuts Medicaid by nearly $1 Trillion over 10 years – effectively ending the program as we know it.
Thankfully, the lovely folks at my Senator’s office have gathered some data for me, so I’m sharing. These are 2015 figures. I have some national numbers, state specific numbers, and school district/IU specific numbers for PA. I’m a data geek, so I LOVE this.
Included in this post are the following:
1. District by district Medicaid school based reimbursements for PA – from DHS and they also include intermediate units and some specialized disability schools.
2. Overall state by state numbers on Medicaid school based reimbursements.
3. PA Congressional district data on the Medicaid cuts and uninsured rate.
First, take a look at this PDF and share it as you wish. It’s a 50 state list of how much school based Medicaid funding your state receives. Remember, under the proposed ACA repeal/replacement, this will be GONE within a few years. Gone.
For our next exhibit…We have the breakdown by school district, for Pennsylvania.
And now, last but certainly not least….how many people in PA will lose health care coverage, by Congressional District.
This information will be invaluable when it comes to calling your legislators in PA. Which we need to do.
Now, for those of you who are also data geeks, but don’t live in PA….this came from DHS. I do not know exactly when the request came in, so not sure how long it takes. But that is a place to start if you want to find out for your state. For your school district, you might just want to contact a school board member and ask to see the budget. It should be in there.
I can’t say it enough–call your Congressman/woman and tell them you are against this. There is no reason for this, other than partisan politics. This bill includes yet another tax break for the wealthy—on the backs of the disabled.