Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has received final approval for a Medicaid state plan amendment that will expand health services in schools. “Approval for this amendment is a game changer,” said CHFS Secretary Adam Meier. The full release can be accessed by clicking on the following link:


https://chfs.ky.gov/News/Documents/nrstudenthealthservices.pdf.

Medicaid covers more than 45 million children in more ways than one. The program provides comprehensive care – including school-based services like speech and physical therapy, counseling, and transportation – to ensure our kids have healthy futures. Here are the top ten facts you should know about how Medicaid serves children and their families.  Click on the link to access this fact sheet:

http://modernmedicaid.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/MMA_Top10-ChildrenFamilies-Print.pdf

The Georgetown University Center of Children and Families just released a report looking at how the school and health sectors can collaborate to improve student success, with a particular emphasis on the role of Medicaid and CHIP.

The report details how recent changes to federal education law, new grant programs and revised Medicaid rules have opened the door for better collaboration, but obstacles remain in both the logistics and the costs of offering school-based health care.

Election 

The NAME board elections will occur during the week of May 13, 2019. All prospective candidates must have all information submitted to the Nominating Committee by Friday, April 26, 2019. Please consider nominating yourself or another qualified candidate to a position.

This year, the following board positions are available for election:

• President Elect (serves as President Elect, President, and Immediate Past President – not required to be the conference chair as Immediate Past President) (must represent a State Education or State Medicaid agency)
• Region 1 – State Education Agency Representative
• Region 2 – State Medicaid Representative
• At Large – Local Education Agency Representative

As a Board member, you will serve a 3 year term and your responsibilities include: attendance at the monthly Board meetings via conference call; in-person attendance at the Board meeting and Long Range Planning meeting immediately following the NAME conference; and participation on one of the NAME committees.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please go to the following link:
ADD LINK. Once the form is completed, please send the form via e-mail to Charles Tyler, Jr., Nominating Committee Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 26, 2019. You must be a NAME member in good standing when your application is submitted. Some financial assistance for travel may also be available.

Please be watching your email for more updates and be sure to nominate candidates and vote!

 

Click Here for Name Nomination Form

 

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Department of Justice Medicaid Fraud report on a School-Based Health Center that was operated by a Federally Qualified Health Center in Louisiana.  A Louisiana-based licensed clinical social worker pleaded guilty today for his role in a scheme to defraud Medicaid.  Click below for the full report:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/louisiana-based-licensed-clinical-social-worker-pleads-guilty-medicaid-fraud-scheme

Community Catalyst, Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health published a new issue brief on state activity regarding school based services and Medicaid.

Issue Brief: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u0j1so-se8ohhyl7AcHaaXlGX5l3s0PN2cuIDejXZQw/edit

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