Experts say the Medicaid cuts would have an impact beyond insurance coverage. As Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post, K-12 students and families might also be affected. At stake, the fate of nearly $4 billion in funding used to provide services to special needs students.
Specifically, Medicaid funds health screenings and treatment for low-income students whose families can’t afford treatment elsewhere. Salaries for school nurses, therapists, immunization services, and hearing and vision screenings are all funded directly or through reimbursements from Medicaid, Brown reports.