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Letter to the Senate opposing Grassley Medicaid amendment

March 13, 2008

Dear Senator:


On behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we are writing to convey our support for the budget-neutral reserve fund included in Senate Congressional Resolution 70, which gives Congress flexibility to extend moratoria on new Medicaid regulations that would adversely affect low-income children. We are especially concerned about the Administration’s proposal to no longer provide reimbursement for school-based transportation.

We urge you to oppose an amendment offered by Senator Grassley that would limit the flexibility of Congress to protect Medicaid beneficiaries from the harmful impact of the regulatory changes the Administration seeks. Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 110th Congress.

Receiving medical services through school may be the only way some students get the services they need. Medicaid reimbursement helps school districts provide the highest quality services to students with special needs. Cutting Medicaid payments to schools would jeopardize the ability of students to receive needed school-based healthcare and could force students to remain at home rather than attending school. 

Instead of shifting costs to the states, as the Administration’s regulatory changes would do, we encourage you to provide for fiscal relief to the states and to develop a second, sorely needed stimulus package.  

Sincerely, 

Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy