An In-Depth Look at Expanding School-Based Medicaid Programs Webinar

July 28, 2020

1-2 p.m. Central Time

Taking a Deeper Look at Expanding School-Based Medicaid Programs

For more than 30 years, Medicaid has played a key role in paying for school health services. Today, new opportunities exist to enhance the role that Medicaid plays in school, creating a sustainable source of revenue to support school-based health and behavioral health services. Since the 2014 reversal of the free care policy, 13 states have expanded their school-based Medicaid programs and have—or are projected to—significantly increase their federal revenue. Increasing funding for critical health services in schools is more important than ever as schools look toward reopening and providing care for students who will have significant unmet health needs.

This webinar will provide an in-depth look at trends in expanding school-based Medicaid programs, including detailed information about how states have successfully structured their programs. Presenters from Colorado and Michigan will share how they expanded their programs and highlight key decisions they made along the way.

Note: This webinar is intended for people who are familiar with Medicaid and expanding school-based Medicaid programs. If you need an introduction or a refresher, please watch our Introduction to Expanding School Medicaid Programs Webinar. For more background information, we recommend exploring our Healthy Students, Promising Futures website and A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services.


  • Melinda Hollinshead, PCG Consulting
  • Shannon Huska, Program Administrator, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Kathy Merry, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs & Medicaid, Wayne RESA
  • Lena O’Rourke, on behalf of Healthy Schools Campaign

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