The NAME Annual Conference is a national forum for professionals working in education and/or health care and related fields.  The conference provides a unique opportunity to network with colleagues and similar professionals in the field of School Based Health at the Local, State and Federal levels.

Our national conference provides an opportunity for professional development with the latest information in research, experience and best practices for Medicaid in Education. When attending our conferences you will hear presentations on topics in areas such as:  

  • Medicaid reimbursement to schools
  • Compliance with school-based Medicaid billing and audit requirements
  • Innovative ways to provide and pay for school health services and related services for students with disabilities
  • Potential health care legislation changes and the relationship to Medicaid in Education

The Land of Enchantment, you NAME it, we've got it!

17th Annual NAME Conference
October 2 - 4, 2019
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico 

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Registration for the 2019 Annual NAME Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico - "The Land of Enchantment, you NAME it, we’ve got it!" is now OPEN!

Register now to lock in the Early Bird price of $545.00.  Early Bird Registration ends 9/13/19.  Registration increases to $595.00 for registrations received after 9/13/19.

Day Rates are also available; however, participants are limited to one daily rate.

            Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - $275.00

            Thursday, October 3, 2019 - $275.00

            Friday, October 4, 2019 - $275.00

If you have submitted a proposal as part of the Call for Presenters, please remember that selected presentations will receive a $50 speaker discount (one per presentation) and promo code once final presentation notifications have been sent out.  This promo code will need to be applied to your online registration to take advantage of the discount. 

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Attendify Registration to elevate your attendee experience! Our new registration software seamlessly integrates with our new event app (stay tuned).  Register here (if you have problems registering try using Chrome as your web browser) for a unique opportunity to network with colleagues and similar professionals in the field of School Based Health at the Local, State and Federal levels.

Our national conference provides an opportunity for professional development with the latest information in research, experience and best practices for Medicaid in Education. See you soon!

Social Activity

The 2019 Social Activity will be a NAME Only tour of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center   

October 3, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Cost: $20/person

Transportation to be provided to and from IPCC.  Please RSVP during registration to allow us to adequately plan for transportation needs.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center created as a place where Pueblo people can tell their story. Known as the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, the IPCC provides an introduction for understanding the state's landscape, legacy, and story of continuance.  In addition to a tour of the museum, we will also have the privilege of watching a traditional Native American dance performance from one of the 19 NM Pueblos. 

Visitors can also choose to stay on their own to visit the Pueblo Harvest Restaurant and participate in the “Party on the Patio”.  Pueblo Harvest hosts live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening year-round. While you listen (and dance!), enjoy a festive taco bar, all-you-can-eat horno-baked pizza, cocktails and craft beer, and a creative menu of other appetizers.  More information on this event can be found on their website  Transportation will not be provided for those staying past 8PM.


Participants may also register to participate in the 7th Annual 5K/1mile/Run/Walk/Roll.  This event celebrates the lives of previous and current NAME members, friend and family whose lives have been touched by cancer.  Proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Transportation will be provided to a beautiful location near the Rio Grande Bosque.  Wear your PINKEST attire!

Be sure to check out the Conference Corner for more information!

Make your hotel reservations now for the 2019 NAME 17th Annual Conference

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel

330 Tijeras Avenue NW

Albuquerque, NM 87102 

A block of rooms have been reserved for this group at a reduced rate of $149.00 per night plus 13.5% hotel tax (Total of $169.12 per night including tax). 

This room rate is only guaranteed until 09/17/2019

Please note that the NAME Annual Conference is immediately before the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and hotel rooms in Albuquerque will book quickly closer to the Conference.

To book your hotel room and receive the special discounted NAME Conference rate, click on the link provided below: 

Hotel Registration Link

If you require assistance making your reservation, you can contact the Hyatt Regency at the following numbers: 1-888-421-1442 (toll free) or 1-402-592-6464 (non-toll free).

Daily hotel parking rates are $6.00 per day for self-parking.  Valet parking is also available. 

The closest airport is the Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ).  The hotel does not provide shuttle service.  Lyft/Uber service is approximately $15-$20.


2019 NAME Sponsor Invitation

The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME), Inc., invites you to participate in our Medicaid in Education community by becoming a 2019 NAME sponsor. Organizations interested in increasing their visibility as a strong supporter of Medicaid reimbursement for school-based health care will have the opportunity to be a critical partner. Your sponsorship helps not only to create visibility for your organization at our annual national conference where our attendees have access to timely, relevant school-based Medicaid content, it provides support, so NAME can participate in meetings with federal agencies such as CMS and USDOE, as well as other partner organizations that are committed to improve and enhance school-based health care.

NAME's purpose is to provide leadership; promote integrity, collaboration and success; and facilitate a network to share information among our members. Our membership represents state Medicaid and education agencies, as well as local education agency staff with programmatic responsibility for administering Medicaid claiming for health-related special education services and Medicaid administrative activities performed by public schools. We are a steadily growing national not-for-profit organization that has built its reputation on providing timely, accurate, and valid information from the highest quality sources.

NAME continues to increase its efforts at the national, state and local levels in order to refine, improve and enhance the ability of local schools to access Medicaid. During the past year, NAME participated in numerous meetings in DC expressing our concerns about the potential for negative impacts on our nation’s most vulnerable children if radical changes were made to Medicaid. NAME has continued to be involved with the Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition which consists of approximately 80 national and state organizations that are vested in the potential outcomes of the administration’s health care reform efforts. NAME has maintained its leadership role in the Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for Americas Health “Healthy Students, Promising Futures Collaborative” which is focused on expanding access to school-based health services for children enrolled in Medicaid.

If you were a previous sponsor, we hope that you continue to see the value of our efforts. If you have not been a supporter in the past, we hope that you recognize that our mission of advocating for program integrity for school-based Medicaid reimbursement, as well as our effort to provide leadership, promote collaboration and facilitate a network to share information is in the best interest of all stakeholders. It is our belief these efforts will help assure a long-lasting funding stream that allows schools to better meet the educational and medical needs of our nation’s children.

I am hopeful your organization will be able to support our efforts this year with a generous sponsorship. The scope of NAME’s efforts for 2019-20 and beyond is highly dependent on your support. You will find the 2019 sponsor application attached. For more information, please contact John Hill, NAME’s Executive Director, at 317-902-5446 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


John Hill
John Hill, Executive Director
National Alliance for Medicaid in Education
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2019 NAME Conference Frequently Asked Questions:  2019 FAQ

Things to do while visiting Albuquerque:  Things to do in ABQ

Getting around Albuquerque: Albuquerque Transportation 

Where to eat in Albuquerque: Restaurants within Walking Distance

Preliminary Program: Preliminary Program

NAME is seeking proposals from individuals, teams or panels to present nugget and/or breakout sessions at the 2019 conference. 

  • Nugget sessions are 45 minutes in length and are repeated three consecutive times over a 2-hour period. Nugget sessions provide a focused overview of a specific topic. Conference participants are able to attend multiple nugget sessions.
  • Breakout sessions are 1.5 hours in length, allow for in-depth presentation of a specific topic and leave time for audience participation. Multiple breakout sessions are presented concurrently.  Time permitting, sessions may be repeated to give attendees the opportunity to learn from a variety of presentations.

NAME is seeking proposals that include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Medicaid reimbursement;
  • Quality assurance in Medicaid billing;
  • Organizing data to ensure smooth reporting;
  • Innovative ways to provide and pay for health and related services in schools;
  • LEA outreach process to keep children enrolled in Medicaid;
  • Collaboration with Special Education;
  • Preparing for and dealing with federal and/or state Medicaid audits of school-based services programs; and
  • Other topics that would be of interest to conference attendees.


The typical NAME audience includes professionals who work in fields related to Medicaid reimbursement to schools; special educators, health care clinicians/providers, Medicaid policy specialists, education administrators, state and local government policymakers, Medicaid coordinators in school districts, Medicaid billing and consulting vendors and others.

Past Conference Attendance:

         Year            Attendance  
 2016 287
 2017 304
 2018 371


Conference Goals:

  • Increase understanding and knowledge of federal Medicaid regulations, requirements and processes specifically related to school-based services programs.
  • Share current information, news, research, successful systems and best practices with members and other interested individuals and organizations on the wide array of issues related to Medicaid covered services delivered in the school setting.
  • Provide a forum for professional development to enhance the capacity of school personnel, clinicians, administrators and others to comply with federal and state Medicaid and special education requirements.
  • Build relationships with colleagues from federal agencies, other national organizations and groups who are also interested in supporting school-based health services programs.
  • Facilitate networking between Medicaid and special education professionals.
  • Promote membership in NAME and provide opportunities for members to become engaged and actively involved in the organization both onsite and after the conference adjourns.

How to Submit a Presentation Proposal

  • Complete the attached 3-page Application to Present
  • Email your completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using “NAME Application to Present” in the subject line by April 26, 2019.
  • Save a copy of the application for your records as it contains information regarding selection criteria, presenter deadlines, presentation requirements and a proposal checklist.

Selected presenters must register and pay to attend the conference and will be responsible for their own travel expenses.  The lead presenter of selected presentations will receive a $50 discount to the conference registration fee, unless he/she defers the discount to another presentation team member.  Preference will be given to teams with a member who is a current NAME voting member, however all are encouraged to apply.  Individual presenters must be employed by a local education agency, state Medicaid agency or state education agency to be considered for approval.  Presentation teams must include at least one local education agency, state Medicaid agency or state education agency employee.