Maximizing School Medicaid for Substance Use Services: 10 Actions States Can Take Now

April 19, 2024

This policy brief looks at how Medicaid can support health services provided and paid for by school districts, and how states can shape their school Medicaid program to increase school reimbursement for substance use prevention, early intervention and treatment services. This additional and sustainable funding can create opportunities for more equitable access to healthcare and improved health and educational outcomes for all students.

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School Medicaid Guidance: What Advocates and State Policymakers Need to Know

October 17, 2023

In May 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new school Medicaid guidance affirming that states have flexibility in their school-based Medicaid program to allow school districts to bill Medicaid for health services delivered to all Medicaid-enrolled children.

This brief answers key questions about the guidance and highlights what policymakers and advocates need to know — and how to get involved — to ensure states are best positioned to leverage federal opportunities increasing children's access to the services they need.

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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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