Health in Mind Spotlights Actionable Solutions to Urgent Education and Health Challenges

Washington, D.C., MAY 9, 2012 – Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) today released actionable policy recommendations focused on supporting schools in addressing health and wellness in order to improve student learning and achievement. The recommendations were presented to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services...

National Discussions on Funding for School Nurses and School-Based Health Centers Address Free Care

As various groups aligned with school-based health work to secure and identify new sources of funding for essential services, finding a solution to restrictions caused by the federal free care interpretation continues to be discussed as an opportunity for providing schools with additional federal support.   Regardless of their insurance status, children in both regular and special...

Update: California’s Free Care Challenge

A final judgment is expected soon in the 2009 lawsuit brought by San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) against California's Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) for payment of "regular education" health services.   Billing for medically necessary health services provided to Medi-Cal students when those services are also made available to all students without charge, so-called...

Health in Mind: Improving Education through Wellness

This policy brief examines the need for funding and resource support for the disease management and health promotion services school nurses and allied staff provide daily to the general student population. Note: the recommendations in this brief are draft and will be refined based on stakeholder feedback being conducted by Healthy Schools Campaign. Read Healthy Schools Campaign's Improving...

NASBHC Wants to Know Who is Affected by the Inability to Bill Medicaid for Services Provided for Free to Uninsured and Other Students

The National Assembly on School Based Health Care (NASBHC) is looking for stories from LEAs and states whose health services programs have been negatively impacted by the enforcement of the free care interpretation to support a larger advocacy campaign aimed at reversing this interpretation at the federal level.   The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) held their...

Policy Brief: Free Care Challenge Update, December 2010

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is building a case to challenge the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) on a principle known as the “free care rule.” This brief provides an update to this challenge. PolicyBrief_Free Care Challenge Update Dec2010.pdf

San Francisco Superior Court Rules Against DHCS Withhold of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) on Grounds of Free Care

The San Francisco Superior Court sides with SFUSD in its petition against the State to be reimbursed for regular education health services. The Court has ordered that the State of California must either reimburse SFUSD for regular education health claims using state funds, or it must challenge CMS and obtain federal money to reimburse SFUSD. "...the Court finds that, unless or until the...

San Francisco Superior Court, Case No. 509-499, SFUSD vs. California DHCS: Order Re: Order to Show Cause

San Francisco Superior Court decision in favor of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) over rights to receive payment for "regular education" free care type health services; this order included information regarding a stay of action imposed to allow DHCS time to challenge the federal CMS on its application of the free care rule and obtain approval to receive federal payment on behalf of...

Department Appeals Board (DAB) Ruling: Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Free Care

DAB A-03-79, Decision No 1924; the DAB "concludes that the [CMS 1997 Technical Assistance] Guide's free care principle is not an interpretation of any provision of the [Social Security] Act nor indeed of any regulation implementing a provision of the Act." in the case of Oklahoma Health Care Authority (Oklahoma) appeal of a disallowance of $1,902,390 in federal financial participation (FFP) for...