As the beginning of another school year approaches, the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME, Inc.) encourages “M-edu-caid” stakeholders to recognize 2015 as a milestone year in the history of Medicaid and Special Education.

On July 30, 2015, Medicaid turns 50! You can find a photo of President Johnson’s 1965 signing of legislation that created Medicaid and Medicare, as well as additional historical information, at the federal government’s web sites at http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-50th-anniversary/overall-medicaid/overview-medicaid-anniversary.html and http://cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Look-Up-Topics/50th-Anniversary/Medicare-and-Medicaid-50th-Anniversary.html.

To pay tribute to the accomplishments of students with disabilities in the 40 year anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Department of Education is also posting articles on its web site, for example, http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/osers/2015/04/idea-changes-lives-look-whos-going-to-college/. Similarly, the U.S. Justice Department’s home page at http://www.ada.gov/ celebrates 25 years of removing barriers and empowering people following enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.

Members and friends of NAME, Inc. may find this discussion of links between Medicaid coverage of children and long term educational benefits an interesting read in this “milestone” summer:  http://www.cbpp.org/blog/medicaid-at-50-covering-children-has-long-term-educational-benefits.