I received some good comments on that post, including one from Another Voice that recommended some verbiage to include in any comments to the CMS. Another commenter, Club 166, also recommends submitting comments to your legislators on this topic. It occurs to me one small impact I can have to is to make it a little easier for people to comment to the CMS and their legislators by drafting a sample letter.
If you are a U.S. citizen, please consider commenting to the CMS. If you would like to use this letter, just copy-paste it to a Word document, edit it as you see fit, and follow this link to submit it.
The purpose of this comment is to express concern for the proposed rule changes (CMS-2287-P) that, if adopted, would eliminate schools’ reimbursements for certain services provided to Medicaid-eligible students, with the most immediate effect being the elimination of transportation services to students with IEP's.
As the parent of a child with special needs, I would like to comment that elimination of transportation to and from school would create a hardship for not only my own family, but many thousands of other families as well.
In reading a copy of the proposed regulations, it is clear that one prime motivating factor in making this proposal is to address the problem of excessive expenses to the CMS. The discussion of the regulations clearly implicates school districts' "... improper billing ... for administrative costs and transportation services."
It is unconscionable that the response to alleged fraudulent reporting/claims by the school districts is to eliminate the service altogether. Numerous alternative solutions exist, the most obvious of which is to install safeguards and auditing procedures that would eliminate the possibility of such fraudulent activity taking place in the future, thereby solving the problem while keeping the services intact.
Elimination of these services amounts to an injustice against disabled students throughout the United States of America.