June 21, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Report Highlighting Devastating Impact Slashing Medicaid Would Have on Granite State Children

Report from Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families Outlines Percentage of New Hampshire Children Covered by Medicaid/CHIP by School District

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on a report highlighting the devastating impact that slashing Medicaid would have on children in the Granite State. The report, from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families, outlines the percentage of New Hampshire children that are covered by Medicaid and/or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) broken down by school district. To view the report, click here.

Trumpcare would cut more than $800 billion in 10 years and the Trump budget would also cut more than $600 billion.

“Children in school districts across the Granite State are able to receive important health care services because they are covered under Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or both, but Trumpcare would place this coverage at risk by drastically slashing funding for the Medicaid program,” Senator Hassan said. “In several New Hampshire school districts, particularly in the North Country, the majority of students receive health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP.  We cannot afford to cut funding for essential programs that are supporting the health and well-being of our next generation. Ensuring that our children can lead healthy, productive lives is critical to their future success and to the success of our entire state, and I will keep fighting to prevent this harmful Trumpcare bill from becoming law.”

Medicaid is important to schools for a number of reasons. In addition to providing health care coverage to thousands of young Granite Staters, Medicaid helps school districts cover costs for special education services and equipment for students who experience disabilities. Senator Hassan recently held a press call to highlight the devastating impact of Trumpcare’s cuts to Medicaid on students who experience disabilities and school districts across New Hampshire.  If Trumpcare were to become law, schools would inevitably be forced to cut important services, including school nurses, behavioral health services, health screenings, after-school programs, and more.