Introduction to Expanding School Medicaid Programs Webinar

September 24, 2019

For more than 30 years, Medicaid has played a key role in paying for school health services. As the primary form of health insurance for 40 percent of children across the country, Medicaid plays a key role in ensuring low-income, school-aged children have health coverage. 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. Specifically, the 2014 reversal of the free care policy presents an important opportunity to increase access to and resources for school health services.

This introductory webinar explores the following questions:

  • What is Medicaid and what does it cover—in and out of school?
  • How can school districts leverage Medicaid to enhance school health services?
  • What is the free care policy reversal and how are states leveraging this opportunity to expand their school-based Medicaid programs?
  • How can key stakeholders, including school health providers and school superintendents, support this work in their states and communities?


  • Alex Mays, Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Donna Mazyck, National Association of School Nurses
  • Lena O’Rourke, on behalf of Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Sasha Pudelski, AASA: The School Superintendents Association

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