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Kentucky’s Idea Leads

“A proposed regulatory change in Kentucky would allow schools to access Medicaid funding, better equipping them to deliver school-based care to students.

“The state governor announced this week that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) submitted the amendment to CMS in late April, seeking to expand patient access to care services within their schools.

“’The importance of school-based health services is proven, and I am grateful that our state agencies are partnering to implement this amendment, which will benefit thousands of students across Kentucky,’ said Governor Matt Bevin. ‘This is an example of state government working across cabinets to find solutions to address the growing need for increased access to mental health services, preventive care, and other health services in our schools.’

“Specifically, the amendment would allow schools to access some Medicaid funds. That increased funding would allow the schools to offer certain treatments to students who are already enrolled in Medicaid.

Covered services would include mental health services, health screenings, diabetes care, and asthma management, the state governor’s office said.

“These proposed amendments come as a part of Kentucky’s efforts to address physical, mental, or behavioral health issues with children before issues grow too serious and potentially too costly.

“‘Given Medicaid’s historic role in supporting children’s health and educational outcomes, ensuring that all eligible students are enrolled in Medicaid and have access to the school-based health services they need are key strategies to supporting a healthy learning environment and academic success,’ said Commissioner Wayne Lewis, KDE commissioner.”

-“HealthPayer Intelligence”