After successful fundraisers in 2013 and a boost of financial support from the NAME Board of Directors, this year the Selection Subcommittee for the Anysia Drumheller Memorial Scholarship tripled the number of scholarships awarded over those given in its first year, 2013. The NAME Board decided to support three scholarships—one for an individual from each NAME Region. Each scholarship will provide reimbursement (not to exceed $1,000) of reasonable travel costs and lodging for the 12th Annual NAME Conference in Niagara Falls, New York, from September 16-19, 2014.
The Scholarship was created in 2013 by the NAME Board of Directors in memory of longtime member Anysia Drumheller. Anysia was elected to serve on the NAME Board of Directors, appointed Chair of the NAME Membership Committee and became an Honorary NAME Board Member prior to her death in May 2013. Her numerous contributions to NAME, service to existing members and determination to recruit new members are commemorated by this generous scholarship. Eligible applicants are individuals employed by or designated to represent a State Medicaid Agency, State Education Agency, or LEA and whose costs for attending the 12th Annual NAME Conference are not covered by their employer. In addition to travel and lodging reimbursement, the recipient of each scholarship this year has their Conference registration covered and is granted NAME membership through December 31, 2015.
The deadline for Scholarship applications was July 1, 2014 and was publicized in the NAMEtag newsletter and on the NAME website. Scholarship Selection Subcommittee Chair Jim Donoghue (IA) indicated that, “All applications were excellent and all of the applicants were well suited for this important scholarship. Each Subcommittee member gained a deeper understanding of the personal meaning that the NAME Annual Conference holds for potential attendees.”
For NAME regions with multiple complete entries, the Selection Subcommittee gave priority to applicants who had not been to a NAME Conference before and applicants from a state that currently has no NAME members. If after scoring applications there were still ties, awardees were selected randomly.
On July 14, NAME representatives had the opportunity to meet with Donna Cohen Ross, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Director of Enrollment Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement. Recognizing that schools are crucial partners in the national campaign to help students and families:
understand health coverage options,
enroll and retain coverage
access health care,
Ms. Cohen Ross shared national “Insure Kids Now” campaign information to help you help students. The campaign provides links to stay informed of upcoming activities, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach materials that CMS can customize for your needs, short videos, and much more.
Visit InsureKidsNow.gov for more details and comprehensive information on Medicaid and CHIP coverage for school-age children.
NAME members: log in to NAME’s Members Only site for more information on this campaign and other recent guidance from CMS, updates to federal audit information and school-based health news.
FERPA Amendments of 2013 Apply to Part B and Part C of IDEA
On May 27, 2014, the USED provided guidance on amendments to the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These amendments affect the confidentiality provision which applies to Part B and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Click to see this 18-page letter: FERPA guidance