Surgeon General Issues Charge to Newly Launched Education & Health Working Group

Earlier this month, Healthy Schools Campaign announced that the U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and the Prevention Advisory Council have launched a Working Group on Health and Education to take a stronger look at the role schools play in prevention and wellness.

This is welcome news as the Working Group will provide a needed national platform for discussing long-term solutions to a range of issues, potentially including funding obstacles like those currently limiting school Medicaid claiming programs. One such issue, which restricts access to federal reimbursement for certain regular education Medicaid (so-called ‘free care’) services provided by schools, has been tracked closely by the school Medicaid community since 2006.

The Working Group on Health & Education was launched as a result of the Health In Mind report released earlier this year by Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health.

 

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Read the Healthy Schools Campaign blog post on the development and mission of the Working Group…

Read our Issue Analysis on the free care funding obstacle…

Read the latest development in one California school district’s pursuit of access to federal reimbursement for regular education Medicaid services…