Schools Are the Key to Improving Student Health

January 29, 2020

How States Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School-Based Health Services
2-3 p.m. CST

Schools Are the Key to Improving Student Health: How States Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School-Based Health Services

Join us for a webinar with policy, health and education experts on how to leverage Medicaid funding to expand and support school-based physical and behavioral health services.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in improving student health and educational outcomes, including health and education advocates, school staff, health care and public health professionals, state and local education agency staff and state Medicaid agency staff.

Discussion Topic

Research shows that access to school health services improves health and academic outcomes, particularly for students with chronic health issues. But finding sustainable funding has been an ongoing struggle.

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.

In December 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) clarified the way that Medicaid would reimburse for health services delivered in schools. School districts, once restricted to reimbursement for services under very specific conditions, are now permitted to cover all eligible services delivered to all Medicaid-enrolled students. Put simply, this means more health care funding for the most disadvantaged students.

This webinar, marking the five-year anniversary of the opportunity CMS provided, will highlight the benefits of implementing the policy clarification, the work involved at the local and state level, and the critical role school health services can play in supporting student health and achievement. Policy, health and education leaders will speak to why implementation matters now more than ever and how to engage stakeholders in your community.


  • Rochelle Davis, President & CEO, Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Anand Parekh, Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Wayne Lewis, Dean and Professor, School of Education, Belmont University (former Kentucky Commissioner of Education)
  • Kristi Putnam, Special Advisor, Office of the Speaker, Kentucky House of Representatives

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