As a special education teacher, I have reason to be nervous about Medicaid cuts.
Medicaid is an efficient way to provide related services for students with disabilities. Basic needs must be met for a student to learn — they need food, rest, restroom access, etc. Many students need extra help to access these.
Nurses teach me to tube-feed and care for students who have seizures, wheelchairs and other medical needs. Physical therapists ensure students are lifted to changing tables without injury. Speech therapists teach students to communicate, so their needs are met without acting out. Classroom aides work to feed, toilet, teach and assist students.