To Protect Children, Senate Republicans Must Drop Medicaid Per Capita Cap

"The Senate Republican health bill, like the House-passed bill, would convert Medicaid to a per capita cap, but it would cut Medicaid even more deeply and pose an even greater threat to coverage for all Medicaid beneficiaries — including children..." Read the full article: CBPP, June 23, 2017, To Protect Children, Senate Republicans Must Drop Medicaid Per Capita Cap | Center on Budget and...

The Medicaid Cap: “Carving Out” Medically Complex Kids Won’t Protect Them

"The Senate Leadership is reportedly including a cap on federal Medicaid payments to states in its version of legislation to “repeal and replace” the ACA.  That cap will apparently look a lot like the cap that narrowly passed the House in early May, but with some tweaks to accommodate concerns of individual Senators. One tweak under consideration has to do with “carving out” medically...

Schools Brace for Impact if Congress Cuts Medicaid Spending

"For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even beyond those that receive funding from the state-federal health care program could be at risk should Congress follow through with plans to change the way...

A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education

"WASHINGTON — While House Republicans lined up votes Wednesday for a Thursday showdown over their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Vickie Glenn sat in her Murphysboro, Ill., office and prayed for it to fail. Ms. Glenn, a Medicaid coordinator for Tri-County Special Education, an Illinois cooperative that helps more than 20 school districts deliver special education services to students,...

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...

Medicaid Helps Schools Help Children

"Medicaid provides affordable and comprehensive health coverage to over 30 million children, improving their health and their families’ financial well-being. In addition to the immediate health and financial benefits that Medicaid provides, children covered by Medicaid experience long-term health and economic gains as adults. Many children receive Medicaid-covered health care not only at the...

What’s at Stake for Schools and Students in Health Care Debate?

"As Congress considers how to reform the nation’s health care system, the decisions made on Capitol Hill could well have a profound impact on schools and their most vulnerable students. How? The most obvious answer is financial. By now we know that Congress is not content to simply repeal the health care plan then-President Barack Obama pushed through seven years ago. Republican lawmakers are...

March Medi-Cal Bulletin for LEAs Posted – New Retroactive Adjustment for Under- and Over-Collection of Withholds

The March Medi-Cal Bulletin for California LEAs has been published to the DHCS website. One item of interest is an announcement regarding a retroactive adjustment of LEA claims due to under- and over-collection on withholds back to July 2011. DHCS has confirmed that these are related to the administrative fees withheld and capped at an annual maximum, also stating that most of the...

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...