Summertime is when students and your children and grandchildren are participating in many different activities including traveling. The non-profit organization EducatorLabs.org which is comprised of school librarians and media/market research specialists, has released a list of links with information that promote child safety for the summer. Check out and share these links and prepare now for the safety of your students and loved ones.
CMS issues guidance on ‘free care’ and third party liability On Monday, December 15, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to states regarding Medicaid payment for services covered under a state’s Medicaid plan to an eligible Medicaid beneficiary that are available without charge to the beneficiary (including services that are available without charge to the community at large, or “free care”). The letter is available at http://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/federal-policy-guidance.html. The NAME Governmental Affairs and Public Relations Committee will be working to provide an explanation of the meaning and impact of this guidance to Medicaid school based services programs.
Federal funding opportunities for parent training and awareness via information centers. The federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) published in the federal register on December 11, 2014, some opportunities for funding. The program is called “training and information for parents of children with disabilities—parent training and information centers”. The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. The intent is to fund 41 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) designed to meet the information and training needs of parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, as well as the information and training needs of youth with disabilities living in the States, regions of the States, or areas served by the centers. The notice invites applications for awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Applications were made available: December 11, 2014 and the deadline for transmittal of applications is February 9, 2015. More information is here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-11/html/2014-29133.htm
Yesterday's information provides context; today's information prepares you for tomorrow.
Information on Special Education, Medicaid and their points of intersection are dynamic and complex. The original intent of this column was to provide a portal to the most recent information, from a variety of news outlets, covering a wide range of issues relevant to members of NAME.
We now embrace the immediacy of Facebook as an efficient means to share news and links with members and colleagues, but many schools and agencies still do not allow access to Facebook. So we continue to share in as many formats as possible.
Here are links to some articles we think will be of interest to you:
At the link below find a “Ted Talk”. It is a very unique rephrasing of disabilities and poses some creative policy solutions for the future. If you’re able to join over 1.6 million other viewers and watch to the end (19 minutes), you’ll see that even the role of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) appears in this broadly thoughtful scenario. Imagine a day when schools will not need to claim Medicaid for Special Transportation reimbursement because there will be no need for specially modified busses because students will be fitted for specially modified prosthetics -- paid for by CMS -- and therefore be able to negotiate the steps getting onto a regular bus...
Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance. Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.
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Information on Special Education, Medicaid and their points of intersection are dynamic and complex. This column, In the Media, provides a portal to the most recent information, from a variety of news outlets, covering a wide range of issues relevant to members of NAME. Yesterday's information provides context; today's information prepares you for tomorrow. Here are links to some articles we think will be of interest to you:
Charter Schools Serving Fewer Students With Disabilities