Transforming School Medicaid: Lessons From Illinois on Expanding Billing for All Medicaid-Enrolled Students

October 4, 2023

1 - 2 p.m.

New federal guidance encourages states to expand and enhance their school Medicaid programs in order to maximize funding for school health services — and offers states options for doing so.

On Oct. 4, 2023, Healthy Schools Campaign presented a webinar on the steps Illinois took to expand its school Medicaid program beyond services included in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and how Illinois’ policy changes can serve as a model for other states seeking to leverage Medicaid funding.

The webinar includes a facilitated discussion with representatives of three Illinois school districts on the initial steps to improve and expand their Medicaid programs, what comes next for Illinois, and lessons other states can learn from Illinois’ experience.

The full video and slides are available below, followed by resources shared during the webinar.

Hear directly from school district employees on:
• Initial steps taken to prepare for the expansion, including how school districts are handling staff training, medical necessity documentation and parental consent
• Challenges, opportunities and benefits of expansion
• Advice for other districts that are considering expanding Medicaid billing


Jessie Mandle, National Program Director, Healthy Schools Campaign
Kate Yager, Director of Medicaid, Chicago Public Schools


Lindsay Brummel, School Nurse, Sandwich CUSD #430
Heidi Hopkins, Special Education Department Coordinator, Ball-Chatham School District
Lauren Hoyt, School Nurse, Sandwich CUSD #430
Crystal Swan-Gravatt, Director of Special Education, Sandwich CUSD #430
Maredeth Teamer, Claims Reporter and Analyst, Evanston/Skokie District 65

The conversation was moderated by Laura DeStigter, who leads the Illinois Medicaid Expansion for School Health program for Healthy Schools Campaign.

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