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A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services


March 15, 2022

"A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services" provides background on school-based Medicaid and outlines various opportunities to advance state policy changes required to access federal funds.

The Guide covers best practices for bringing state Medicaid plans into alignment with federal policy; designing the administrative processes; and tackling other obstacles to improving student access to care. It also addresses building a sustainable funding structure and offers concrete lessons for collaboration among agencies.

This Guide 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. All of these stakeholders share a common goal: improve student health and educational outcomes.

Revised and Updated: March 2022
Original Publication: December 2019