On March 11, the Trump Administration released its FY 2020 budget proposal.  Also released is a Health and Human Services budget in brief document, providing a more granular look at Medicaid budget proposals and other health Programs. Both Links can be accessed below:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/budget-fy2020.pdf

https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/fy-2020-budget-in-brief.pdf

As school districts that are faced with a growing number of students with critical health and mental healthcare needs, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is seeking a solution to enable more communities to participate in the Medicaid program. The report, summary and School-Based Services recommendation report by Bob Bundy, Rokay Services Group can be assessed by clicking on the following links:

http://www.aasa.org/uploadedFiles/Policy_and_Advocacy/Resources/AASA_Medicaid_Report_FINAL.pdf

http://www.aasa.org/uploadedFiles/Policy_and_Advocacy/Resources/AASA_Medicaid_ExecSummary_FINAL.pdf

http://www.rokayservices.com/images/Documents/School_Medicaid_Improvements.pdf

 


Recently, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) comprehensively updated its database tools which track Medicaid benefits across the states. This effort updates the previous database, which was based on 2012 information, to include more recent benefit snapshots and include Medicaid behavioral health benefits. The databases can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

Overall benefits database: https://www.kff.org/data-collection/medicaid-benefits-database/

Behavioral health service database: https://www.kff.org/data-collection/medicaid-behavioral-health-services-database

The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education would like to share the following news:

The State of Massachusetts recently announced that an expansion of its School-Based Medicaid Program will take effect July 1, 2019. For more information about this expansion, which is a result of the December 15, 2014 change in the CMS free-care policy:
www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/05/23/sbm_31_1.pdf

A recent news brief from Georgetown University summarizes key provisions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) extension and other provisions of the HEALTHY KIDS and ACCESS Acts. Click here for the one-page summary. Link to the full brief:
https://ccf.georgetown.edu/2018/03/15/healthy-kids-and-access-acts-summary-of-key-provisions-impacting-children/

A recent article published by Kaiser Health News discusses the history and context of Medicaid claiming for school-based services, highlighting specific case examples and varying perspectives on the benefits for schools, taxpayers and government. Click this link to read, “Medicaid Nation: How Medicaid Became a Go-To Funder for Schools.”

A new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families estimates that if Congress does not approve funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in January, an estimated 24 states (including D.C.) could face CHIP funding shortfalls. Read this report:
https://ccf.georgetown.edu/2018/01/10/when-will-states-run-out-of-federal-chip-funds-january-2018-update

According to the latest infographic posted by Child Trends: In fifteen states, more than half of all children rely on Medicaid and CHIP for health insurance coverage as of August 2017. Close to half of all children in four states are covered by Medicaid and CHIP. Visit this 12/19/17 Child Trends blog post:
www.childtrends.org/15-states-half-children-receive-health-insurance-medicaid-chip

On November 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an informational bulletin outlining program options and financing information for states facing a federal funding shortfall in their Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). The bulletin:

  • Describes options for states to transition current CHIP enrollees to alternative coverage sources and the operational activities associated with these changes;
  • Reviews CHIP maintenance of effort requirements for CHIP-funded Medicaid expansion programs;
  • Describes SPAs needed to effectuate any changes;
  • Provides details around available FY 2018 CHIP funding, comprised of unused FY 2017 CHIP allotments (reduced by 1/3 per federal statute) and unused allotments from previous fiscal years; and
  • Outlines the CMS process for providing redistribution funding and applying the statutorily required 1/3 reduction to the FY 2017 CHIP allotment carry-overs.

On November 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published two informational bulletins describing a series of process improvements to the approval and renewal processes for state plan amendments (SPAs), section 1915 waivers, and section 1115 demonstrations. Link to Medicaid SPA Processing Tools for States and 1915 Waiver Processing Bulletins:
www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/spa-and-1915-waiver-processing/index.html