From Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) - Representative Rena Steyaert (MT)
A large number of families were disenrolled from the CHIP program because they failed to pay their premiums on time. In an effort to prevent these case closures, Voices for Utah Children encouraged the Department of Workforce Services to use text messaging to inform CHIP clients when their premiums are due.
Voices for Utah Children is currently collaborating with outreach staff at a local school district on a pilot project to use text messaging to communicate with CHIP and Medicaid clients and relay notices about the requirements of their case. Clients will have the choice of receiving information from outreach staff via text messaging, email, or standard letter. Implementation began in June of this year and the effectiveness of each approach will be measured using an online account and tracking system. Results from this pilot project are expected to be available in June of 2011. Submitted by Diana Heath.
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (State Medicaid Office) worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during fiscal year 2009-10 to implement Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) and received approval June 2010. Colorado is very excited about this program component and how the reimbursement will assist the participating school districts. Submitted by Kim V. Eisen
FYI from COLORADO:
OIG is in Colorado auditing the State Medicaid School Health Services program. Wish them Luck!
Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will host its second annual Montana Integrated School Mental Health Initiative conference in Helena, MT on March 3 and 4, 2011. This conference invites School Administrators, Special Ed. Directors, Mental Health agencies and other stake holders in mental health services to come together and collaborate with each other. The two State offices that administer School Mental Health will provide an agenda that includes a day of information and a day of collaboration amongst the participants. All the participants work together to offer mental health services directly to the schools for children with Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED). Submitted by Rena Steyaert