CMS Awards 18 States Up to $2.5 Million Each to Advance Medicaid and CHIP School-Based Services

This week, on the two-year anniversary of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is awarding  grants to 18 states for implementation, enhancement, and expansion of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) school-based health services. As previously discussed on Say Ahhh!, the 2022 Bipartisan Safer […]

Medicaid Supports Student Success in School Districts Across the Country

By: Aubrianna Osorio, Emma Ford, Anne Dwyer, and Margaux Johnson-Green Research consistently shows that Medicaid coverage in childhood has long-term benefits, including supporting student success. New data on the share of children with Medicaid/CHIP coverage are now available for more than 7,000 school districts nationwide and show how important these coverage programs are to students across […]

CMS Releases Updated Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit, Includes State Best Practices and Behavioral Health Strategies

This month, CMS released an updated State Medicaid and CHIP Telehealth Toolkit consolidating information from previous toolkits and providing additional guidance – as required by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act – on issues from billing best practices to strategies for using telehealth in schools. In addition to FAQs on issues such as benefit flexibility, financing, […]

CMS Announces $50 Million in Capacity Building Grants for Medicaid/CHIP School-Based Health Services

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the much anticipated planning grants to implement or expand school-based health services for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. As we’ve written about in previous blogs, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act appropriated $50 million in grants for states […]

A Tipping Point for School Medicaid Expansion

By Jessie Mandle, National Program Director of the Healthy Schools Campaign Since 2014, school districts have been allowed to bill Medicaid for all health services provided to all Medicaid-enrolled students, instead of being limited to reimbursement for services included in a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). However, states have been slow to leverage this opportunity […]