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 and

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, Similarly, the U.S. Justice Department’s home page at 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:


Connecting Kids to Coverage

National Campaign

Campaign Notes

Non-Traditional Partners Can Help Increase Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment
You may find unique enrollment partners where you least expect them! Many non-traditional partners have proven to be excellent sources to help identify and connect with uninsured families and children. Because of the unique roles and relationships that potential partners such as child care, financial, and housing organizations have cultivated in communities, they can be the perfect partners for your Medicaid and CHIP enrollment efforts. By creating and fostering relationships with non-traditional partners, you may be able to reach even more potentially eligible families and children, further your organization’s reach, and boost program enrollment.

Our recent webinar featured a number of non-traditional partners engaged in Medicaid and CHIP outreach. And explore our webinar archive here for additional outreach ideas! We also invite you to contact us via email or Twitter (and use #Enroll365 in Tweets!) to share your Medicaid and CHIP enrollment successes, including best practices partnering with non-traditional partners.

Campaign in Action
The partnership between healthcare and child care is an important connection to make for the education, health, and overall well-being of children and families. There is an estimated 12 million children under the age of six in some form of care, including informal care settings. The Office of Head Start's 2013-14 Program Information Report indicated that more than 1 million children received Head Start or Early Head Start services that year. Child Care Aware of America promotes affordable child care for families and advocates for healthier environments for children in child care facilities, which includes making the link to healthcare access.

Their project Healthy Child Care-Healthy Communities, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, promotes healthy, active living practices in child care through advocacy and state plan implementation. Child Care Aware is working with partners to support nutrition, physical activity, and screen time initiatives by best practice sharing and development of training materials. A Healthy Child Care-Healthy Communities toolkit is also in the works replicating the model for improving children’s health.   

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indianapolis Regional Office regularly works with vulnerable populations to promote fair and stable housing and positive health outcomes, which means connecting families with healthcare coverage. The office partners with local nursing organizations to implement a grocery coupon program and conducts healthy cooking lessons in public housing areas that have a large, eligible audience. In addition, the HUD office participates in on-site outreach events on housing and healthcare with a Health-Net clinic (federally qualified health center) and YMCA fitness center.

These programs provide families with skills and resources in addition to information and enrollment assistance to eligible families. Connect with your regional HUD office to learn more about their existing programs by visiting the “State Info” page at portal at or connecting with your regional HUD office through the “Contact My Local Office” option.

Integrating healthcare enrollment through community financial centers is the innovative way that Insure Central Texas, a Foundation Communities program, has been connecting kids to coverage. Insure Central Texas, offers enrollment at two community financial centers and combines enrollment with tax preparation (VITA), cash for college, and financial coaching. Through their integrated program, Insure Central Texas has enrolled more than 4,500 individuals for healthcare benefits in 2016.

The Children’s Partnership in California has found that small businesses can play a critical role in connecting families and their children to coverage. The organization offers small businesses easily comparable options and affordable insurance plans and provides information about how their employees and their families can enroll in individual insurance through their state channels by reaching out directly to business owners and associations offering and distributing print materials to their target audience. The Children’s Partnership has found success using direct mail pieces and sharing fact sheets in both English and Spanish. By creating user-friendly tools and resources -- and taking the time to follow up with businesses, they were able to get owners on board to provide further information and coverage to their employees and their families.

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Many thanks to all NAME Voting Members who participated in the annual Election of Officers, which was held earlier (in May) this year to allow more time for transition planning.

Please join the 2015 Nominating Committee in congratulating the following successful candidates whose terms of office will begin immediately following this year’s October 4-7 NAME Conference in Baltimore:

Melinda Hollinshead (Arizona)

Region 3 State Medicaid Agency Representative
Shannon Huska (Colorado)

Region 2 State Education Agency (SEA) Representative
Anne Glass (Florida)

Region 2 Local Education Agency (LEA) Representative
Kathleen Merry (Michigan)

Region 1 Local Education Agency (LEA) Representative
Charles Tyler, Jr. (Maryland)

At-Large State Education Agency (SEA) Representative
Mark Smith (Ohio)

Additionally, on October 7, 2015, Dario Avila (Texas), who has been appointed by the Board of Directors in accordance with NAME’s Bylaws, will fill the State Medicaid Agency At-Large Representative vacancy (from October 7, 2015 through the close of the 2017 NAME Conference). He will fulfill the unexpired term of Shannon Huska as a result of her election to a new 3-year term as the Region 3 State Medicaid Agency Representative.

Please join the Nominating Committee in congratulating these newly elected and appointed officers; and please consider volunteering to help carry out the work of the organization through service on a NAME committee. Log in to the Member Only section of NAME’s website and click “Committees” for more details, and watch for announcements about NAME leadership opportunities in the NAMEtag and on NAME’s website.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published guidance online for states that opt to cover telemedicine services. Noting that “Telemedicine is viewed as a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care (e.g., face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient),” the federal agency advises that a separate Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) is not required if states “decide to reimburse for telemedicine services the same way/amount that they pay for face-to-face services/visits/consultations.

For full details visit

In a December 15, 2014 letter to State Medicaid Directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance regarding “free care”. This topic appears in a number of previous CMS guidance documents, including: “1997 Medicaid and School Health: A Technical Assistance Guide,” and “2003 Medicaid School-Based Administrative Claiming Guide.” The 12/15/14 letter provides clarification on “free care” in light of 2004 Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) Decision Number 1924.  

NAME hopes to continue providing you information on this topic, as we reach out to our federal partners at CMS.

Click here to review the State Medicaid Directors Letter #14-006

The American Public Health Association and its Center for School, Health and Education website highlights the role of school-based health services in helping to prevent school dropout and improve graduation rates.  In another publication demonstrating the inextricable link between health and academic success, the Center for Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University argues the cost effectiveness of public investments to reduce debilitating chronic conditions, save tax dollars and boost economic productivity.  And, in recognition that school dropout poses a major threat to public health, the Healthy People 2020 goals include an indicator related to educational achievement for the first time.

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, together with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, issued joint guidance that explain that public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities have civil rights to receive effective communication. The guidance is in the form of a letter to educators (available in Spanish) with an attached Frequently Asked Questions document, and is intended to help schools understand and comply with federal legal requirements on meeting the communication needs of students with disabilities. They also released a fact sheet on the guidance for parents (available in Spanish).
Please share this information widely with your colleagues, affiliates, and networks.

Congratulations to:




Robin Morrison



North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services



Local Education Agency Clinical Policy and Program Coordinator

Why Robin would like to attend the 12th Annual  NAME Conference and why she feels participation will benefit her work:


As the Local Education Agency Clinical Policy and Program Coordinator for Outpatient Specialized Therapies for NC DMA, I must explain and defend the disbursement of federal funds for services provided by the schools to Medicaid beneficiaries to legislatures, caregivers, state associations and other practitioners.

Attending the 12th Annual NAME Conference will help me increase my comprehension of federal laws, statutes and policies that govern Medicaid reimbursement, and will allow me to compare the NC policy and program with the policies and programs followed in other states. The information provided at the conference will enable me to share relaible and accurate facts to the Local Education Agencies in NC.



Congratulations to:




Diane Ballard


  Cedar Rapids Community School District, Iowa



Medicaid Facilitator

Why Diane would like to attend the 12th Annual  NAME Conference and why she feels participation will benefit her work:   


I am the Medicaid Facilitator for the second largest school district in Iowa. I have attended several NAME conferences in the past, but due to budget constraints our school district has imposed a ban on travel beyond a 5-hour radius outside of our district. This directly affects my ability to attend the NAME conference this fall.

I have benefitted greatly from participating in past conferences. I have learned so much about School-based Medicaid and also about Medicaid in general. I am especially grateful for the knowledge and ideas I receive from staff in other parts of the country that I have been able to use back in my own district to enhance my district’s participation in school-based Medicaid. I feel I have given ideas to others as well, and in fact, I was a presenter last year.

I attend these conferences to improve my leadership skills, collaborate with others, and to ensure that collectively we remain strong as a national organization. I want to be able to continue to be an active member of NAME and support our mission. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship.

Congratulations to:




Dawn Bray


  Beaumont Unified School District, California



MAA Coordinator

Why Dawn would like to attend the 12th Annual  NAME Conference and why she feels participation will benefit her work: 


I am the District MAA Coordinator, as well as the District LEA Billing Coordinator, for my district. The great state of California has experienced many changes in SMAA and LEA Billing this year. We are getting ready to implement RMTS (Random Moment Time Survey).

It would be very beneficial to my district for me to attend the conference, network with agencies from other states who have already implemented RMTS, learn more about policy development, and help to develop solutions to the concerns addressed in our state.