All NAME Regions have full concern over the possible repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Many of us have been actively working with the press and our colleagues to tell the story of how School-Based Services supports our local districts along with the physical and mental health needs of our children in schools. Interestingly, two Region 2 states, Texas being number one and Michigan number six, are in the top ten states for receiving Medicaid school funding in the nation.
Now that the U.S. Senate was unable to get the votes to repeal this Act, what’s next? The Senate will continue to try to come up with a compromise that will appeal to both sides of the aisle. As you know, NAME is working to protect Medicaid coverage for the student population, but that isn’t the only component of this repeal. The bill is not dead it’s in a coma, waiting to be revived, if we want to use an unfortunate analogy. Stay tuned…
News From Indiana-
The Indiana Division of School and Community Nutrition Programs has received permission from USDA to pilot the use of Medicaid Data for the purposes of Direct Certification. While Medicaid has been used for Direct Verification purposes for a decade, this will be the first time that Medicaid eligibility will be used for Direct Certification and the initial eligibility determination for Free and in some cases Reduced-Price Meals. To implement these changes, some small changes need to be made and implemented by Software Vendors who supply services to Indiana School Districts operating the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs.