After successful fundraisers in 2013 and a boost of financial support from the NAME Board of Directors, this year the Selection Subcommittee for the Anysia Drumheller Memorial Scholarship tripled the number of scholarships awarded over those given in its first year, 2013. The NAME Board decided to support three scholarships—one for an individual from each NAME Region. Each scholarship will provide reimbursement (not to exceed $1,000) of reasonable travel costs and lodging for the 12th Annual NAME Conference in Niagara Falls, New York, from September 16-19, 2014.
The Scholarship was created in 2013 by the NAME Board of Directors in memory of longtime member Anysia Drumheller. Anysia was elected to serve on the NAME Board of Directors, appointed Chair of the NAME Membership Committee and became an Honorary NAME Board Member prior to her death in May 2013. Her numerous contributions to NAME, service to existing members and determination to recruit new members are commemorated by this generous scholarship. Eligible applicants are individuals employed by or designated to represent a State Medicaid Agency, State Education Agency, or LEA and whose costs for attending the 12th Annual NAME Conference are not covered by their employer. In addition to travel and lodging reimbursement, the recipient of each scholarship this year has their Conference registration covered and is granted NAME membership through December 31, 2015.
The deadline for Scholarship applications was July 1, 2014 and was publicized in the NAMEtag newsletter and on the NAME website. Scholarship Selection Subcommittee Chair Jim Donoghue (IA) indicated that, “All applications were excellent and all of the applicants were well suited for this important scholarship. Each Subcommittee member gained a deeper understanding of the personal meaning that the NAME Annual Conference holds for potential attendees.”
For NAME regions with multiple complete entries, the Selection Subcommittee gave priority to applicants who had not been to a NAME Conference before and applicants from a state that currently has no NAME members. If after scoring applications there were still ties, awardees were selected randomly.
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On July 14, NAME representatives had the opportunity to meet with Donna Cohen Ross, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Director of Enrollment Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement.
Recognizing that schools are crucial partners in the national campaign to help students and families:
Ms. Cohen Ross shared national “Insure Kids Now” campaign information to help you help students. The campaign provides links to stay informed of upcoming activities, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach materials that CMS can customize for your needs, short videos, and much more.
Visit InsureKidsNow.gov for more details and comprehensive information on Medicaid and CHIP coverage for school-age children.
NAME members: log in to NAME’s Members Only site for more information on this campaign and other recent guidance from CMS, updates to federal audit information and school-based health news.
In July, 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) published a clarification regarding Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism. Click this link to see the 5-page informational bulletin:http://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Downloads/CIB-07-07-14.pdf
In May 2014 the U. S. Department of Education issued two guidance documents that have relevance to the work of NAME members.
The USED Office for Civil Rights published its guidance on Charter Schools and Special Education. Click to see this 7-page guidance document here: Charter Schools and Special Education guidance
On May 27, 2014, the USED provided guidance on amendments to the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These amendments affect the confidentiality provision which applies to Part B and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Click to see this 18-page letter: FERPA guidance
LRP reports that OSEP plans to replace the Regional Resource Technical Assistance Centers with One National Center. To read this article <click here>
NAME has updated the Member Only web pages to include more school-based services audit information.
To access links to recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) Audit Reports and Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports & Testimonies on Medicaid Reimbursements for School-based Services, login to Member Only > then on the Member Only menu click > Find a Document or Form > Federal Audits.
Once there, you will also find new links to general information from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on “The Role of Medicaid Integrity Contractors in Medicaid Audits” and “Who Are the Medicaid Integrity Contractors, Where Do They Operate, and What Do They Do?”
The Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME), at its January 2014 meeting, approved a contract to obtain Executive Director services with one of its Past Presidents, John Hill, effective April 1, 2014. Mr. Hill is a founding member of NAME and has served as the Chair of its Governmental Affairs & Public Relations Committee since 2006.
The NAME organization, chartered in 2003, brings together professionals who have an interest in Medicaid reimbursement for medically related services and Medicaid outreach delivered in the nation’s public schools. The organization’s 300-plus members include individuals from state agencies, local public schools, federal agencies, consultants, vendors, national and state professional organizations and advocates, with members from nearly every state. NAME promotes networking, provides pertinent and timely information to its members, and hosts educational webinars and an annual conference.
NAME is pleased to unveil the new layout of the NAME website.
We have just completed updates to our platform which now allows our site to be easily viewed on all electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.). We also have a new search feature which should make searches easier.
Excerpt from www.EducationVotes.org, by Colleen Flaherty, posted 3-6-14
On March 5, 2014, members of both parties introduced a bill in Congress to fully fund IDEA. NAME will follow this bill closely to assess its potential impact on School Based Services and Special Education programs.
If passed, the bill would fund IDEA as promised almost 40 years ago to American students with special needs. The bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act, strongly supported by the National Education Association (NEA), goes back to the original Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), passed in 1975. At the time, the federal government committed to pay 40 percent of the average per pupil expenditure for special education in order to provide opportunity for every child with disabilities.
However, in the 39 years since the Act has been passed, the pledge has never been met. The current federal funding is at just 15.3 percent. The bipartisan legislation would require regular increases in IDEA spending to finally meet the commitment Congress made decades ago. To read the full article <click here>
And more information about the bill from one of the Sponsors, Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN):
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At its June 2013 meeting, the NAME Board of Directors created the Anysia Drumheller Memorial Scholarship in memory of Anysia Drumheller, a longtime NAME member. The annual Scholarship will provide up to $1,000 for the reimbursement of reasonable costs for travel to and lodging at the NAME Annual Conference. In 2013, the Conference (October 8-11) is in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Anysia was elected to serve on the NAME Board of Directors; appointed Chair of the NAME Membership Committee; and awarded Honorary NAME Board Member status prior to her untimely death in May 2013. Anysia’s numerous contributions to NAME, determination to recruit new members, and service to NAME members are commemorated with this generous scholarship. The deadline has been extended to August 30,2013.