As the beginning of another school year approaches, the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME, Inc.) encourages “M-edu-caid” stakeholders to recognize 2015 as a milestone year in the history of Medicaid and Special Education.
To pay tribute to the accomplishments of students with disabilities in the 40 year anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Department of Education is also posting articles on its web site, for example, http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/osers/2015/04/idea-changes-lives-look-whos-going-to-college/. Similarly, the U.S. Justice Department’s home page at http://www.ada.gov/ celebrates 25 years of removing barriers and empowering people following enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.
Many thanks to all NAME Voting Members who participated in the annual Election of Officers, which was held earlier (in May) this year to allow more time for transition planning.
Please join the 2015 Nominating Committee in congratulating the following successful candidates whose terms of office will begin immediately following this year’s October 4-7 NAME Conference in Baltimore:
President-Elect Melinda Hollinshead (Arizona)
Region 3 State Medicaid Agency Representative Shannon Huska (Colorado)
Region 2 State Education Agency (SEA) Representative Anne Glass (Florida)
Region 2 Local Education Agency (LEA) Representative Kathleen Merry (Michigan)
Region 1 Local Education Agency (LEA) Representative Charles Tyler, Jr. (Maryland)
At-Large State Education Agency (SEA) Representative Mark Smith (Ohio)
Additionally, on October 7, 2015, Dario Avila (Texas), who has been appointed by the Board of Directors in accordance with NAME’s Bylaws, will fill the State Medicaid Agency At-Large Representative vacancy (from October 7, 2015 through the close of the 2017 NAME Conference). He will fulfill the unexpired term of Shannon Huska as a result of her election to a new 3-year term as the Region 3 State Medicaid Agency Representative.
Please join the Nominating Committee in congratulating these newly elected and appointed officers; and please consider volunteering to help carry out the work of the organization through service on a NAME committee. Log in to the Member Only section of NAME’s website and click “Committees” for more details, and watch for announcements about NAME leadership opportunities in the NAMEtag and on NAME’s website.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published guidance online for states that opt to cover telemedicine services. Noting that “Telemedicine is viewed as a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care (e.g., face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient),” the federal agency advises that a separate Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) is not required if states “decide to reimburse for telemedicine services the same way/amount that they pay for face-to-face services/visits/consultations.”