CEC is concerned that the Medicaid refinancing proposal that the House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering - as soon as next week - jeopardizes health care for the nation’s most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty. Specifically, a per capita allotment system for states will undermine state’s ability to provide America’s neediest children access to vital health care that ensures they have adequate educational and developmental opportunities and can contribute to society. Medicaid is cost effective and an efficient way to fund of essential health care services for children. In fact, while children comprise almost half of Medicaid beneficiaries, less than one in five dollars spent by Medicaid is consumed by children. Accordingly, a per capita allotment, even one that is based on different groups of beneficiaries, will disproportionally harm children’s access to care, including services received at schools and early childhood programs. Considering these unintended consequences, urge your member of Congress to vote “No” on any Medicaid refinancing proposal that undermines health care for children with disabilities.
The Consequences of Medicaid Block Grants or Per Capita Allotments Will Potentially Be Devastating for Children
Significant reductions to Medicaid spending could have devastating effects on our nation’s children, especially those with disabilities. States that opt to take advantage of a block-grant would only have to provide required services to the “most vulnerable elderly and individuals with disabilities” which means they could deny health care coverage to children due to the underfunding of IDEA, districts and programs rely on Medicaid reimbursements to ensure children with disabilities have access to services to help ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and early intervention. Potential consequences of this critical loss of funds include:
- Fewer health services
- Cuts to general education
- Higher taxes
- Job loss
- Fewer critical supplies
- Fewer mental health supports
- Noncompliance with IDEA
Visit the Legislative Action Center to write your Representative and tell them to vote “No” on any Medicaid refinancing proposal that undermines health care for children with disabilities.