You are invited to join U.S. Senator Bob Casey for a Telephone Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, March 15, at 5 p.m. to talk about proposed changes to the federal Medicaid program and the impact on Pennsylvania’s School-Based ACCESS program that assists schools in providing medically necessary services to children with disabilities.

Register for this complimentary event here:

PSBA is hosting the event, along with the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units. Sen. Casey and representatives from our organizations will provide:

  • A brief overview of the issue
  • An update on the status of the proposal
  • The importance of your advocacy efforts with members of Congress

The ACCESS Program is currently used by Pennsylvania school districts, intermediate units, charter schools, vocational-technical schools and preschool early intervention programs to obtain funds for health-related services for special education students. Reimbursement is paid to these schools through the federal Medicaid program.

Under proposed legislation, Pennsylvania could lose more than $140 million in federal funding now provided for the ACCESS program. If this happens, local schools will not be able to afford the special education programs they are legally required to provide.

Worse, children could be left without critical health services and supports to help them be healthy and achieve academically. Needed services include speech therapy, physical therapy and equipment, psychological services, nurses and personal care aides, and specialized transportation; and necessary equipment includes walkers, wheelchairs and assistive technology devices.

The need for continued, adequate Medicaid funding is important to schools and children.

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