Major change could force closure of school-based health service centers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some children in western New York could lose their doctors next Summer.

Directors at some school-based health service centers say a major change in the Medicaid payment system could force them to close.

Right now, these centers bill Medicaid directly for services. Starting in July, money will be distributed to managed care health plans.

The health centers will have to negotiate contracts and reimbursement rates.

Dozens of health and education groups are putting pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that will ensure the centers stay open. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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