Update on School Medicaid Expansion

April 14, 2022


Webinar: Update on School Medicaid Expansion in Illinois

In 2021, the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) amended the state Medicaid plan to allow schools to seek federal reimbursement for eligible health services provided to all children enrolled in Medicaid. We expect the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to approve the amendment by the end of the 2021-22 school year.

Once finalized, Illinois school districts will be able to access federal funds for all health services delivered to all 800,000 students enrolled in Medicaid. It’s a major shift from the current state policy, which allows billing for healthcare services only if the services are included in a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The change will be retroactive to July 1, 2021.

Join us to learn more about the status of the Illinois state plan amendment and how it will affect school districts and Medicaid billing. This is a huge win for students and schools, and an important resource and equity issue for all of Illinois.

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