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ERIC Number: ED348817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Public School Medical Assistance Pilot Program: Article 82.
Smokoski, Fred; And Others
This paper reports on a project which analyzed the possibility of using Medicaid funding to provide reimbursement for some services needed by students with disabilities who are being served by public schools in Colorado. Six school districts or boards of cooperative services were selected to participate in a pilot program as recipients of Medicaid reimbursement. Reasons for special education directors' reluctance to participate in the study are noted. The project found that a new provider type had to be developed in order for public school administrative units to become Medicaid vendors. Necessary changes to rules are proposed, involving creation of a provider category under Early Periodic Screening and Diagnosis Treatment, providing such services as speech/language therapy, audiology, and physical and occupational therapy. The six administrative units estimated the number of handicapped children eligible for Medicaid services at 17% of the handicapped children they serve. The number of Medicaid-eligible handicapped children is estimated to be 12% of the total number of children eligible for Medicaid services. The project concluded that the six administrative units should begin to bill for Medicaid services after completing negotiations, providing staff training, establishing a billing process, and attending to other administrative details. Various administrative materials are attached to the report, including Article 82. (JDD)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Health Insurance, Incidence, Low Income Groups, Public Schools, Pupil Personnel Services, School Funds, State Aid, State Government, State School District Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. Div. of Special Education Services.