Our students need your help. Among all the dangerous consequences this new “healthcare” bill will have, one of the most alarming is how it will completely dismantle Medicaid. Republican senators are feeling the pressure from your calls, and have been forced to push the vote from this week until after the July 4th congressional recess. We must keep the pressure on.
Here’s what’s at stake:
More than a third of all children in America receive their health insurance through Medicaid, but for our students and their families this isn’t only about insurance. Medicaid provides $4 billion per year for healthcare services in our nation’s schools – that’s vision and hearing screenings, physical and occupational therapy for students with disabilities, and other critical services that keep our students healthy and ready to learn.
You don’t have to take my word for it. On Monday the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this bill will end Medicaid coverage for at least 15 million people, including millions of our students, over the next 10 years.
Click here to call your senators right now, and demand they vote NO. Even if you think they’re definitely voting for the bill, or definitely voting against, and even if you’ve already called – every last senator needs to keep hearing from their constituents on this.
If this bill passes with these Medicaid cuts, it will endanger our nation’s children and affect millions of students’ education. Take two minutes and call.
Lily Eskelsen García
National Education Association