The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new grant opportunity to help enroll children in Medicaid and CHIP. A total of $32 million will be available for cooperative agreements ranging in size from $250,000 to $1 million over a two-year period. CMS will hold the first of two conference calls for prospective applicants on November 19, 2015. The second call will be on Monday, November 30, 2015. More detailed information is on their website at http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/professionals/funding/index.html
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.
In a December 15, 2014 letter to State Medicaid Directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance regarding “free care”. This topic appears in a number of previous CMS guidance documents, including: “1997 Medicaid and School Health: A Technical Assistance Guide,” and “2003 Medicaid School-Based Administrative Claiming Guide.” The 12/15/14 letter provides clarification on “free care” in light of 2004 Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) Decision Number 1924.
NAME hopes to continue providing you information on this topic, as we reach out to our federal partners at CMS.
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.”