The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME) is seeking qualified candidates to be considered for the half-time position of Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute your gifts and talents to a growing, national level not-for-profit while working remotely and maintain work-life balance. The Executive Director oversees NAME’s operations, functions, and activities and is responsible for providing strategic direction and support to the organization’s many volunteers. NAME desires a strong and experienced leader who can serve as a consistent, credible, visible spokesperson to help grow its membership and membership services to the next level of impact. 

Access the Executive Director job posting and Application Packet here. 

Thank you,

NAME Communications Committee

On 08/27/2021, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) and Informational Bulletin to advise states of the need to ensure that their Medicaid state plans comply with third party liability (TPL) requirements reflected in current law. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently completed a review of Medicaid state plans for all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to ensure compliance with recent changes in statute. CMS found that most states have not yet amended their plans to comply with the TPL requirements authorized under both the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018 (Pub. L. 115- 123) and the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act (MSIAA) of 2019 (Pub. L. 116-16), affecting the BBA of 2013.  To read the Informational Bulletin in its entirety, please click the link below.

https://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/downloads/cib082721.pdf

On 08/30/2021,  the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issued guidance on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage and reimbursement of COVID-19 testing under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Pub. L. No. 117-2). Additionally, CMS is issuing this guidance to clarify that, only during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), states may cover habilitation services provided to children under section 1915(c) and section 1915(i) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to facilitate the delivery of remote learning if the habilitation services are not available through the local educational agency, and the individuals are enrolled in a section 1915(c) waiver and/or 1915(i) program.  To read the letter in its entirety, please click the link below.

https://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/downloads/sho-21-003.pdf

On 08/30/2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the following letter providing guidance with respect to temporary increases to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) available to states under sections 9811, 9814, 9815, and 9821 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP)(Pub. L. 117-2), enacted on March 11, 2021. 1 Sections 9811 and 9821 of the ARP provide temporary increased FMAP and Enhanced FMAP (EFMAP) for state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expenditures on COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 vaccine administration. Section 9814 of the ARP provides a temporary increase in FMAP for Medicaid expenditures for states that newly begin to expend amounts for coverage of the entire new adult group described in section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) of the Social Security Act (Act) under the state plan (or waiver of the plan). Section 9815 of the ARP provides a temporary increase to 100 percent FMAP for Medicaid services received through certain Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) and certain Native Hawaiian health care entities, including Native Hawaiian health care systems (NHHCSs). To read the letter in its entirety, please click the link below.

https://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/downloads/sho-21-004.pdf

The Council of Chief State School Officers in collaboration with Healthy Schools Campaign and the National Center for School Mental Health has developed a guide to assist State Education Agencies and LEAs navigate the available streams of COVID relief funding, the timelines and how they can be used to support student and staff wellbeing.  The guidance also highlights the importance of using the funds to strengthen school Medicaid programs as a strategy to ensure the efforts initiated with COVID relief funding are sustained.  Click here to access the full Guide.

A Resource to Support Children, Students, Educators, Schools, Service Providers, and Families 

 This resource is issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to provide information about long COVID as a disability and about schools’ and public agencies’ responsibilities for the provision of services and reasonable modifications to children and students for whom long COVID is a disability.  To access this resource, Click here.

07/26/2021

The NAME leadership is requesting you to provide input into the characteristics/qualities/experience/duties you feel are important in the new executive director. Please click on the link below and take this short survey as soon as possible. Thank you for your valuable input!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GLPHWBL

07/15/2021

The U.S. Department of Education under section 2001(b)(1) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is providing additional funding to help support school districts in serving students experiencing homelessness. The purposes of this funding include increasing the identification of homeless children and youth, providing wraparound services considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing assistance needed to enable homeless children and youth to attend school and participate fully in school activities. Click below for the full report.

https://oese.ed.gov/offices/american-rescue-plan/american-rescue-plan-elementary-secondary-school-emergency-relief-homeless-children-youth-arp-hcy/

Retirement 1 2021 07 08 16 34 26

Retirement 2 2021 07 08 16 35 20

On behalf of the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign, we’re excited to share information about our next webinar on February 18, 2021, “Connecting Children to Coverage and Care: Medicaid and CHIP Comprehensive Dental Benefits Help Children Achieve Better Health and Healthier Smiles.” Additional information about the webinar and registration link are included here (Register Now!).