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U.S. Sen. Kaine Hosts Discussion on Medicaid at Albemarle High School

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosting a discussion on Medicaid at Albemarle High School U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosting a discussion on Medicaid at Albemarle High School
Jocelynn Helmbrecht Jocelynn Helmbrecht
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosting a discussion on Medicaid at Albemarle High School U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hosting a discussion on Medicaid at Albemarle High School
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

U.S Senator Tim Kaine is leading talks in the Charlottesville area about the effects of Medicaid cuts on Virginia's public schools.

The Democratic senator hosted a roundtable discussion Monday, June 19, at Albemarle High School. He was joined by parents, educators, school-based health care providers and school leaders.

"There's about you know, $700,000 that goes directly to Albemarle and Charlottesville Medicaid funding to help them provide Medicaid services to children in schools," said the senator.

Many parents expressed concern about the possible effects the Republican health care plan – Affordable Health Coverage or “Trumpcare” - could have on their children.

"My son is on the Medicaid waiver and if that were to be cut, I mean, for him it is the difference between staying at home or being in a group home or institution,” said Jocelynn Helmbrecht.

"By taking away the services that these kids need and taking away the funding, our kids are going to be hit really hard," said Toni Elitharp with the Piedmont Regional Education Program.

The proposed cuts to Medicaid would put many family's funds in jeopardy.

"If we do this wrong, if you cut Medicaid by a trillion three over 10 years, children are going to be probably the most frequent victims of those cuts," Kaine said.

In Virginia, nearly 600,000 children rely on Medicaid for health care coverage. For almost 30 years, schools have used Medicaid dollars to cover health-related services for children and for services provided in a child's special education plan.

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