Early Analysis of Governor Brown’s 2015-16 Budget Proposal

On Friday, January 9, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year. This is the start of a long process which will include revisions and necessary approvals by both the Assembly and Senate, with the final budget due by June 15th. Governor Brown's proposal includes $142 billion for services and programs under the Department of Health…

Schools Can Bill Medicaid for More Student-Health Services, Feds Say

Advocates for school-administered student health services say new guidance issued by a federal agency this week will allow schools to bill Medicaid for more services they provide to students. Those additional reimbursements could help bolster tight budgets for school-health programs, allowing them to provide more services, such as immunizations, mental health care, and screenings for conditions…

A Healthy Child is a Better Student

 "I want to be a paleontologist," my young male patient said, squinting at a wrinkled clipping from the newspaper of a dinosaur skeleton at the museum as I examined him. An impressive aspiration for a 10-year-old who looked like he needed glasses, but more so because his family was homeless and had none of the resources that could propel a more fortunate child toward his goal. But like the tens…

Graduation Disparities Loom Large for Students With Special Needs

The wide graduation-rate gaps in many states between students with disabilities and those in regular education raise the stakes for next year's first-ever federal evaluation of how well states are serving their special education students. The most recent U.S. Department of Education data, for 2011-12, shows a four-year graduation-rate gap that ranges from a high of 43 percentage points in…

Schools Ask for Easier Access to Medicaid for Special Education Services

Education Week has published an article highlighting proposed changes to the IDEA parental consent requirement. It includes information supporting the positive fiscal and administrative impacts this change would have on schools seeking Medicaid reimbursement for direct health services provided to eligible special education students, and features commentary from National Alliance for Medicaid in…