Healthy Schools Campaign Hosting Webinar on Free Care

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Time: 11am-12pm PST Register: Click Here   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 health services delivered to the general student population, not just those...

Federal Government Set to Reopen with Temporary Funding Bill through Feb. 8

This morning, the U.S. Senate passed a temporary funding bill to pave the way for keeping the federal government open through February 8, 2018. The bill still needs to pass the U.S. House, and is expected to do so easily. A permanent funding bill would need to be passed prior to February 8 to avoid another shutdown. As previously reported, we do not anticipate any impact to school-Medicaid...

Will a government shutdown impact school-Medicaid payments?

As the deadline looms for the federal government to approve funding for the fiscal year and avoid a shutdown, school-Medicaid stakeholders may be wondering what impact a shutdown would have on their programs. It doesn't appear that Medicaid payments will be affected by a temporary shutdown.  Several Federal congressional legislators have already identified on their websites that Medicare,...

SDUSD Makes the Case for School Health Services

Michelle Bell, a longtime member of our school Medicaid billing community, was recently featured in an article about the impact of school health services on the students in San Diego Unified School District. We're proud to work alongside Michelle and grateful for the attention she brings to the importance of school health services and programs on a daily basis. The article was published by...

Republicans will not vote on Graham-Cassidy — admitting defeat on Obamacare repeal again

"Senate Republicans have admitted defeat on Obamacare repeal — again. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday afternoon that he will not bring the Graham-Cassidy bill — the latest GOP repeal bill, which had gained steam this month — to a vote this week. With every Senate Democrat opposed to the bill, the publicly announced opposition of three Senate Republicans — Rand Paul...

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...

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...

Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No

"WASHINGTON — The Senate in the early hours of Friday morning rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, derailing the Republicans’ seven-year campaign to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and dealing a huge political setback to President Trump. Senator John McCain of Arizona, who just this week returned to the Senate...

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...