HHS and DOE Release Joint Letter on the Link Between Health and Education Services

A joint letter was released by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Acting Secretary of Education which praises and encourages a continued partnership between health and education services for children. Acknowledging the role that health plays in education, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Acting Secretary of Education released a letter today that encourages...

“School-Based Health Centers” Could be the Future of Medicine for Teens

This isn't your mom's school nurse; it's a full medical center—in a high school. These school-based health centers are taking off in D.C. Here's why that's a good thing. While a school nurse can hand out band-aids and Tylenol, Jason Beverly, a medical provider at Anacostia Senior High School, can prescribe and administer antibiotics, allergy meds and more. Beverly is part of a movement in...

Big Jump in School-Based Health Centers

When California elementary, middle and high school students return to school this fall, almost 230,000 of them will have access to health care through school-based health centers. That's an increase of more than 25,000, the largest one-year jump since the California School Health Centers Association started keeping track in 2004. School-based health clinics have more than doubled in California...

Capps Introduces Legislation to Improve Children’s Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced that she has introduced the School-Based Health Centers Act, legislation that would provide continued federal support for critical, high-quality comprehensive health care, mental health care and social services at School-Based Health Centers across the country. In a country with more than 5 million uninsured children, School-Based Health...

AB 174 (Bonta, 2013) Amended in Assembly to Pilot Program in Alameda County

Amended in May, AB 174 now seeks to create a grant program in Alameda County that would provide resources to eligible applicants, including local education agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community health centers, to fund activities and services that directly address the mental health and related needs of students who are impacted by trauma. Paradigm will continue to track AB 174 as it...

Health Centers to Help Uninsured Individuals Gain Affordable Health Insurance Coverage

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an announcement today signaling $150 million would be made available to health centers across the nation to enrollment assistance. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new funding to help more uninsured Americans enroll in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. ...

$75 Million Available for School-Based Health Centers

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has announced another round of construction and equipment grants for school-based health centers: $75 million to be awarded to approximately 150 applicants, with a maximum award of $500,000.  Read the full announcement, including application materials and assistance details, on the California School Health Centers Association...

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...

CMS Publishes CMS 9989 Final Rule: Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published Final Rule CMS 9989 on March 27, leaving states flexibility when determining which providers will be classified as “essential community providers” under new federal regulations that dictate the operation of qualified health plans. Led by the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC), several groups had advocated for...

Federal Budget Act of 2011 and Medicaid Advocacy News

As part of the Budget Control Act of 2011 signed into law on August 2, 2011, a Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction composed of 12 congressional members has been created and charged with proposing specific cuts of $1.2 to $1.5 trillion to any area of federal spending. Medicaid advocates nationally are taking this opportunity to educate legislators about the ongoing vital role this program...