The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new grant opportunity to help enroll children in Medicaid and CHIP. A total of $32 million will be available for cooperative agreements ranging in size from $250,000 to $1 million over a two-year period. CMS will hold the first of two conference calls for prospective applicants on November 19, 2015. The second call will be on Monday, November 30, 2015. More detailed information is on their website at http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/professionals/funding/index.html
The 13th Annual NAME Conference greeted a record-shattering 330 attendees as they arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, October 4-7, 2015.
The NAME 2015 Conference program was full of changes this year. To keep costs down, it was designed with one less day than many of the previous Conferences; it had no traditional breakout or nugget sessions; and it began on a Sunday evening, versus Tuesday afternoon. There was a large number of people who had arrived in time to attend the first session of the week, The NAME Academy: Introduction to School Based Medicaid.
Monday morning began with the 3rd Annual Anysia Drumheller Memorial Scholarship 5k Run. Congratulations to the first place winners; Alexandria Fogarty(CO) in the Women's and Brian Mooney (IL) in the Men's. The conference general sessions began with NAME President Rena Steyaert (MT), Conference Chair Mark Smith (OH) and NAME Executive Director John Hill (KY) welcoming all participants, special federal agency welcomes were delivered by Timothy Hill, Deputy Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and Mary Louise Dirrigl, Director of the Office of Policy and Planning in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. Attendees then heard an informative presentation related to the recently issued guidance from CMS on Free-Care and Third Party Liability. This session was presented by Jean Close from the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.
For the full 2015 conference summary and access to the conference presentations, NAME Members can log into the Members Only section of the NAME website.
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Please join the NAME Board of Directors and Nominating Committee in congratulating Shannon Huska on her election to the office of 2015-2016 NAME President Elect. Following her one year term as President Elect, Shannon will automatically serve a one-year term as NAME President, after which she will automatically assume the office of Immediate Past President.
Thank you to all Voting Members who cast ballots in the Special Election conducted in September 2015 following the resignation of the individual previously elected to this position in May.
Watch the NAME web site for a complete list of 2015-2016 NAME Board members and their contact information following the October 2015 NAME Conference in Baltimore, MD.
NAME Officers and Board Member information can be found on the website by selecting the menu option “About NAME” and select “NAME Board” then “Officers and Board Members”.
As the beginning of another school year approaches, the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME, Inc.) encourages “M-edu-caid” stakeholders to recognize 2015 as a milestone year in the history of Medicaid and Special Education.
To pay tribute to the accomplishments of students with disabilities in the 40 year anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Department of Education is also posting articles on its web site, for example, http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/osers/2015/04/idea-changes-lives-look-whos-going-to-college/. Similarly, the U.S. Justice Department’s home page at http://www.ada.gov/ celebrates 25 years of removing barriers and empowering people following enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.