U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) yesterday joined with Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John Kerry (D-MA), Carl Levin (D-MI), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to introduce the bipartisan "Healthy Schools Act" (S. 1034). The legislation allocates funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs) to provide care to uninsured and underinsured children. There are 94 SBHCs in Michigan located in educational centers across the state.
"Every child in America deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare," said Stabenow. "School Based Health Centers across this country are already doing excellent work keeping our children healthy and making sure they are prepared to learn. Our bill makes sure these centers receive the funding they need."
Under this year's reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, SBHC's are eligible to receive reimbursement for services such as sick visits, immunizations, mental-health services, and sports physicals. The "Healthy Schools Act" mandates that all state Medicaid programs reimburse SBHCs for the same health services that would have been reimbursable in an outpatient clinic.
Senator Stabenow has been recognized for her work in ensuring every Michigan child has access to quality, affordable health care, including the Child Welfare League of America's Congressional Advocate of the Year award, the National Association of Community Health Centers' Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, and the American Dental Association's "Give Kids a Smile" Champion Award.