Many American public schools rely on Medicaid to subsidize the cost of school psychiatrists and therapeutic services, but some critics suggest the funding is misused and expanding too quickly. Anna Gorman and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez wrote a special report for CNN and Kaiser Health News outlining the numerous ways Medicaid is utilized by schools to provide health services to low-income students, but also to cover general budget shortfalls. As the story reports, pubic policy think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation, oppose Medicaid expansion and advocate for closer oversight.
Republican lawmakers revealed plans to repeal former president Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. Under the legislation proposed by the GOP, Americans would no longer face a penalty for not having health coverage. Read more
An in-depth story from the Dallas Morning News explores how state Medicaid cuts are impacting children with severe disabilities and their parents. Read more