February 12, 2012 marks a red-letter day in the history of NAME.
Today, USDOE-OSERS announced a major revision related to parental consent regulations for accessing public insurance authorized by IDEA 34 CFR §300.154 (d) which relates to the responsibilities of school districts across America to access Medicaid reimbursement for certain special education and related services.
A Q&A to explain what the revisions mean to schools across the United States.
NAME has worked tirelessly to revise the 2006 regulations since 2006 by working with federal education officials and other national partners. Part of this work included providing OSERS with an understanding of the reasons why the regulations needed to be revised.
NAME, parents and school districts across the country will now reap the benefits of the revised regulations.
Today- February 12, 2013- is validation that NAME is an organization that has the ability to affect profound improvements for our membership. As a direct result of our efforts, we have brought about real improvement to our cause which was achieved truly...in the NAME of collaboration!
On January 14, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule implementing key Affordable Care Act provisions relating to Medicaid and the Exchanges. This proposed rule codifies statutory eligibility provisions, lays out a structure and options for coordinating Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Exchange eligibility notices and appeals. It also proposes to modify existing benchmark benefits regulations for low-income adults, and codify several of the provisions included in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA).
This proposed rule includes information on how consumers will receive coordinated communications on eligibility determinations and can appeal eligibility determinations. It gives states flexibility in designing benefits and determining cost sharing in the Medicaid program. The proposed rule also provides flexibility to state-based Exchanges by allowing them to opt to rely on HHS for verifying whether an individual has employer-sponsored coverage and conducting some types of appeals.
On August 21, 2012 the U.S. Department of Education forwarded the final version of the proposed changes to the parental consent to access Medicaid regulation, 34 CFR § 300.154(d)(iv)(A) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
USDOE requested OMB to complete an expedited 45 day review period. If OMB is able to honor this request, the Final Rule should be released just prior to the NAME 2012 Annual Conference which is being held in Providence, RI October 9-12, 2012.
NAME is inviting to the Annual Conference a representative from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to provide an update to this and other issues.