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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says it has received final approval for a Medicaid state plan amendment that will expand health services in schools.
The change to Medicaid will be phased in during the current school year. According to the cabinet. reimbursements for health services in school districts will extend back to August 1, 2019.
The cabinet says the amendment is a “game-changer” because children with Medicaid coverage often do not receive needed health care services due to barriers to seeking care.
The cabinet says that in the past, schools were only able to bill Medicaid if the services were outlined in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Services like mental health assessments, mental health counseling, speech therapy, or nurse services provided to children at school without an IEP were not billable. The amendment will now allow additional services provided at no cost to be covered by Medicaid for eligible students.
Health care providers and school districts will get additional information on the program in the next few weeks.