On Tuesday, 10/05/2021, John Beacham, Deputy Director, OIG, Office of Audit,  presented at the 19th Annual NAME Virtual Conference.  During Mr. Beacham’s OIG -Audit presentation, he referenced the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General 2018 report on, Vulnerabilities Exist in State Agencies’ use of Random Moment Sampling to Allocate Costs for Medicaid School-Based Administrative and Health Services Expenditures.  To access the full report click here.

Medicaid Forward: Children’s Health will identify opportunities for action to address the physical and mental health needs of children and their caregivers in the wake of the pandemic. This is an escalating challenge Medicaid, and the CHIP programs must address for the more than 37 million children and young people are enrolled in either Medicaid or CHIP. Many of these children have experienced social isolation due to school closures and are enduring the secondary trauma of watching their parents and care-givers deal with the economic and health ramifications of COVID.  To access the full report, click here.

Schools and Mental Health: A Position Statement

Schools can make a major contribution to mental health. For this to happen, however, the work must be framed as doing much more than enhancing access to mental health services and adding social emotional learning to the curriculum. The efforts must be embedded into a unified, comprehensive, and equitable system for addressing barriers to learning and teaching, and the system must be prioritized as a primary and essential component of school improvement policy and practice.

For the full discussion, click here

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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.