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Oregon Schools Fight To Keep Nurses In Face Of Medicaid Cuts


Lindsay Reeves, the Coos Bay School District Nurse Coordinator, is one of only two full-time nurses that cover the entire district with the assistance of one additional part-time nurse.

Lindsay Reeves, the Coos Bay School District Nurse Coordinator, is one of only two full-time nurses that cover the entire district with the assistance of one additional part-time nurse.

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School nurses are being stretched thin making student health care more difficult to provide.

Medicaid cuts in 2007 prevented schools from being able to keep a nurse in every building. Some districts lost all of their nurses.

In September, the Graham-Cassidy bill was proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would have not only dismantled Medicaid expansion and system subsidies to help people afford health insurance, but it would have impacted education’s ability to keep nurses onsite.
 
“Over and over, Republicans in Congress have tried to pass a plan to rip health care from millions, and the American people keep rising up to stop it,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon wrote in an email to The World. “When Senate Republicans geared up for one last attempt to slip a repeal bill through, teachers’ unions, students, and countless other Oregonians took a stand against eviscerating Medicaid; gutting protections for people with preexisting conditions; and devastating school health systems. It was thanks to grassroots America that once again, we were able to rise up and defeat this diabolical scheme before it was too late.”

Read the whole story at The World.

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