Long-time NAME member Larry Charny (NC) who worked for many years as the Director of the Medicaid Special Projects Unit for the New York City Department of Education, has collaborated with the New York State Association of School Business Officials (www.nysasbo.org ) to publish an article in a recent issue of their journal, The Reporter.
His article, “Leadership Strategies for Success with School-Based Medicaid Claiming-and Why it Matters”, reminds the readers that not just administrators of special education and Medicaid coordinators, but school business officials need to understand and actively participate in their district’s Medicaid school based services claiming program. NAME thanks the NYSASBO for their permission to share the article with our members.
Our federal partners at the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly released a letter to support their commitment that every child deserves the opportunity to a healthy and successful life. To achieve this goal they support quality health care and education for every child. In addition to the letter of support the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services also released a toolkit to offer additional resources for everyone to use to better connect health and education services.
Drawing on data from the U.S. National Survey of Children’s Health, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), compared experiences of children with private and public health insurance and found that those with Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”) coverage were more likely to receive preventative medical and dental services as well as less likely to incur out-of-pocket costs. This study found that caregivers’ experience with Medicaid coverage was at least as positive, and sometimes more positive, than their experience with private insurance.