"Free Care" Policy Archive

44 posts found in Category: "Free Care" Policy

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Helping States Understand Their School Medicaid Program

December 15, 2021

Healthy Schools Campaign has developed an interactive map on school Medicaid eligibility, billing and providers, and published a new report that can enable policymakers, school districts, advocates and others to better understand their state school Medicaid program, including its strengths and opportunities for improvement.

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State Medicaid & Education Standards for School Health Personnel

November 19, 2021

"State Medicaid & Education Standards for School Health Personnel: A 50-State Review of School Reimbursement Challenges" demonstrates how alignment between state Medicaid and education standards for school health personnel can reduce barriers to Medicaid reimbursement for school health services.

Prepared by Aurrera Health Group for Healthy Schools Campaign, the report analyzes data in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and outlines key recommendations for states to consider as they attempt to improve access to student health services covered by Medicaid.

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Download: State Medicaid & Education Standards for School Health Personnel

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RESTART & RECOVERY: Leveraging Federal COVID Relief Funding & Medicaid to Support Student & Staff Wellbeing & Connection

August 15, 2021

Developed by the Council for Chief State School Officers, Healthy Schools Campaign and National Center for School Mental Health, this guidance highlights how state education agencies can use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to support student and staff wellbeing and connection. It also explains how to leverage these one-time-only funds to access additional funding streams, such as Medicaid, to ensure efforts are sustained.

This guidance provides an essential roadmap for strategic and sustainable investment that can help advance student and staff wellbeing and connection for years to come.

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Download: RESTART & RECOVERY: Leveraging Federal COVID Relief Funding & Medicaid to Support Student & Staff Wellbeing & Connection

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Providing Health Services During School Closures: Lessons Learned & Recommendations for Action

March 1, 2021

This issue brief examines the challenges schools have encountered while providing physical, behavioral and mental health services during the Covid-19 pandemic. It considers the impact of state and federal policies, including how state Medicaid programs are responding to ensure reimbursement and funding, and it documents emerging best practices and guidance, especially around telemedicine and parental consent.

The extensive recommendations for state and federal agencies are designed to support the continuous delivery of school-based health services during this time of partial school reopenings and in the case of future health crises and natural disasters.

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Download: Providing Health Services During School Closures: Lessons Learned & Recommendations for Action

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Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health: How Illinois Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School Health Services

September 25, 2020

Key opportunities exist for education, healthcare and public health sectors to improve both health and education outcomes by focusing on school-based health services. This brief addresses the opportunity in Illinois to expand on Medicaid-funded health services delivered within a school by school nurses and other district-employed providers.

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PDF: Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health: How Illinois Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School Health Services

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Understanding the Financial Impact of Expanding Medicaid Funded School Health Services in Colorado

Colorado conducted a pilot study in 2019 to better understand the financial impact of expanding its school Medicaid program and make data-informed decisions about how best to move forward with a state plan amendment. This case study details Colorado’s path toward expanding its school Medicaid program and highlights key lessons learned from this work. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved the amendment in 2020.

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PDF: Understanding the Financial Impact of Expanding Medicaid Funded School Health Services in Colorado

Expansion of School-Based Health Services in California: An Opportunity for More Trauma-Informed Care for Children

September 1, 2020

In April 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved California’s Medicaid state plan amendment, allowing school districts to access more federal funding for school-based health services. This report describes using this opportunity to increase access to services that help students heal from trauma — including the trauma caused by exposure to domestic violence and pervasive bias and crises such as COVID-19.

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PDF: Expansion of School-Based Health Services in California: An Opportunity for More Trauma-Informed Care for Children

Medicaid Reimbursed Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services in Schools: A South Carolina Case Study

May 13, 2020

This case study examines the implementation of Medicaid managed care school-based behavioral health services in South Carolina and highlights key lessons learned that can inform the efforts of other states choosing to coordinate school-based health care with Medicaid managed care programs.

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PDF: Medicaid Reimbursed Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services in Schools: A South Carolina Case Study

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A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services

December 10, 2019

This comprehensive guide provides background on school-based Medicaid and outlines various opportunities to advance state policy changes required to access federal funds. It is designed for anyone working to expand access to school health services, including state and local education agency staff, state Medicaid agencies, school health providers, public health professionals and children’s health advocates.

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PDF: A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services

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Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health: How States Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School-Based Health Services

January 14, 2020

Key opportunities exist for education, healthcare and public health sectors to improve both health and education outcomes by focusing on school-based health services. This national policy brief primarily addresses the opportunities to expand on health services delivered within a school by school nurses and other district-employed providers (school psychologists, social workers, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists), using the "free care" policy clarification issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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PDF: Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health

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Expanding Michigan’s School-Based Medicaid Program

October 8, 2019

This Healthy Students Promising Futures Learning Collaborative case study highlights Michigan's work to leverage the reversal of free care policy to expand the state's school-based Medicaid program.

As of October 2019, school districts in Michigan are able to seek Medicaid reimbursement for services provided to all Medicaid-enrolled students (not only for health services included in a student's Individualized Education Program). This change presents an important opportunity to expand access to and resources for school health services, particularly behavioral health services.

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PDF: Expanding Michigan’s School-Based Medicaid Program