Please click on the link below to access the full FAQ.

https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/downloads/covid-19-faqs.pdf

On June 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released details on how the Department intends to disburse funding to Medicaid providers from the provider relief fund.

Key details on the Medicaid awards:

  • Total Amount: $15 billion for Medicaid providers.
  • Eligibility: Any provider that did not receive a funding award from the first $50 billion in awards made to providers with some level of Medicare utilization, and directly billed a state Medicaid program or Medicaid managed care plan between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2020.
  • Process: Providers submit annual patient revenue information to HHS's provider relief fund portal by July 20, 2020.
  • Award Amounts: Minimum of two percent of gross patient care revenues, with final amount determined by provider-submitted data including number of Medicaid patients served.

The Council of Administrators for Special Education/Let’s Go Learn has passed along the PDF slide deck from their latest webinar, Navigating Special Education and Remote Learning. In addition to the webinar, you can also learn more about Let's Go Learn by visiting, letsgolearn.com.

On April 3, 2020, The Healthy Student's, Promising Futures Collaborative held a conference call on what states are doing around the delivery of school health services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  To view the resources that were shared, click on the link below:

Resources Shared on April 3 COVID Call

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Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Basic Health Program services provide critical health coverage to millions of vulnerable Americans. Over the past several years, numerous states have been impacted by natural or man-made disasters, and these programs serve an important role as states respond to these disasters. Click below to access the site:

https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/index.html

On March 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a State Health Official letter describing required access to mental health and substance use disorder services for children and pregnant women enrolled in standalone CHIP programs, as required under Section 5022 of the SUPPORT Act.

These provisions, which became effective October 24, 2019, require child health and pregnancy related assistance to cover mental health services and behavioral health services necessary to prevent, diagnose, and treat a broad range of mental health symptoms and disorders. CMS interprets the coverage requirements to include all developmental and behavioral health related screenings and preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Bright Futures periodicity schedule and any services with a grade of A or B under the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. CMS also provides a set of validated behavioral health screening tools that would satisfy the screening requirement.

Lastly, in order to meet the statutory implementation deadline of October 24, 2019, CMS indicates that states needing to make changes to a standalone CHIP program must file a CHIP State Plan Amendment no later than the end of the state fiscal year that includes that date.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education released the December 2019 Update on the Joint Guidance on the Application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) And the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) To Student Health Records. Please Click here to view the report in its entirety.