CONSEQUENCES

Medicaid Cuts in GOP Repeal Bill Affect Special Education

Deep cuts to Medicaid proposed in the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s repeal of Obamacare, will affect funding for special education. The AHCA, also referred to as Trumpcare, imposes $880 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next 10 years and “would convert Medicaid from an entitlement designed to cover any costs incurred to a more limited program,” The New York Times reports. Republicans say the cuts are necessary due to skyrocketing health-care costs. “School-based Medicaid programs serve as a lifeline to children who can’t access critical health care and health services outside of their school,” the Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition wrote in a letter to lawmakers. House Republicans are set to vote on the legislation Thursday after saying they have secured enough votes. Its fate in the Senate remains unclear.