National Research Project Needs Your Input

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is conducting research into school Medicaid programs across the country in an effort to collect data on how schools and districts leverage Medicaid billing for student health. If you are a program coordinator and would like to participate, or just learn more about the research project, follow the link below. The study takes just shy of 30 minutes to...

Healthy Schools Campaign Hosting Webinar on Free Care

**This post has been updated to include a link to the webinar recording** Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Time: 11am-12pm PST Register: Closed   About the event: The change in the free care policy presents an important opportunity to increase access to and resources for school health services. While the December 2014 State Medicaid Director letter clarified that school...

Register by November 22 for Next LEA Advisory Workgroup Meeting

LEAs interested in attending the bi-monthly LEA Advisory Workgroup meeting (also known as the 'LEA Ad-Hoc Meeting') should RSVP to Cheryl Ward at DHCS by Wednesday, November 22, 2017. The meeting will take place on December 13, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Natomas Unified School District in the Staff Development Room, 1931 Arena Boulevard, in Sacramento. Previous meeting notes and...

Save the Date: SMAA RMTS Coder Training

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced their annual SMAA RMTS Coder Training webinar which will be open to all program coordinators and stakeholders. Date: Thursday, October  12, 2017 Time: 1:30-3:00pm PST Location: this training will be hosted online via webinar Click here to register

Latest ACA Repeal Effort is Devastating and Deliberately Anti-California

Health Access California emailed the following action-alert regarding the current effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a bill sponsored by GOP Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. The following message summarizes the bill perfectly and includes steps you can take today to fight the Graham-Cassidy bill and protect Medicaid. You can also visit the Health Access California website for...

Help the California School-Based Health Alliance Set Their 2018 Policy Priorities

The California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA), a statewide nonprofit which aims to improve health and academic success of children and youth by advancing health services in schools, is setting their policy priorities for 2018 and inviting CSHA members to provide feedback during a call on September 20, 2017. Over the past several years, CSHA has worked to advance several issues impacting...

CMS Announces Medicaid and School-Based Health Services Affinity Group

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the development of a new group for state Medicaid agencies interested in "partnering with schools and public health to improve access to and the delivery of important preventative health services for children and adolescents." Officially called the Medicaid and School-Based Health Services Delivery Affinity Group, this...

Why ACA Repeal Efforts Hurt Schools & How to Get Involved

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, continue to make headlines as members in Congress work to finalize a new replacement bill and bring it to a vote. With so much coverage, we thought it would be helpful to collect the best resources on the impact of ACA repeal and replacement efforts on school-based health and Medicaid billing programs. First, a quick...

Advisory Panel Finalizing School Health Recommendations to DHCS

The Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel (MCHAP) will be meeting on April 18, 2017 to finalize their recommendations to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on children's behavioral health care, including strengthening school-based health services through the SMAA and LEA programs. The most recent draft of MCHAP's recommendations call on DHCS to work more collaboratively with...

Register by March 17 for Next LEA Advisory Workgroup Meeting

LEAs interested in attending the bi-monthly LEA Advisory Workgroup meeting (also known as the 'LEA Ad-Hoc Meeting') should RSVP to Cheryl Ward at DHCS by Friday, March 17, 2017. The meeting will take place from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Natomas Unified School District in the Staff Development Room, 1931 Arena Boulevard, in Sacramento. Previous meeting notes and agendas can be found on the...