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Proposed Medicaid cuts could hurt DCSS special education programs

The cuts would impact hundreds of students in the Exceptional Students Program. (Source: WALB) The cuts would impact hundreds of students in the Exceptional Students Program. (Source: WALB)
Last year, the school district billed Medicaid for $200,000. (Source: WALB) Last year, the school district billed Medicaid for $200,000. (Source: WALB)
If Medicaid funds get cut, DCSS would have to make cuts in other areas. (Source: WALB) If Medicaid funds get cut, DCSS would have to make cuts in other areas. (Source: WALB)
DCSS Spokesperson J.D. Sumner (Source: WALB) DCSS Spokesperson J.D. Sumner (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Proposed Medicaid cuts could hurt Dougherty County School System special education programs. 

School staff explained they have several programs that benefit from Medicaid services. 

The cuts would impact hundreds of students in the Exceptional Students Program which includes physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.

Last year, the school district billed Medicaid for $200,000 to pay for those. 

If Medicaid funds get cut, DCSS would have to make cuts in other areas to continue those services.

"Bottom line is we've got to provide those services to our students," explained DCSS Spokesperson J.D. Sumner. "Because we do live in an area where those services are necessary and needed and unfortunately parents aren't able to pay for them themselves. So we again don't want those things to be a burden to learning for these students."

Sumner also explained the school is encouraging legislators to do what's in the best interest of the students.

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