Medicaid Expansion for School Health Learning Collaborative Participant Site

MESH Illinois Teams Site

School Medicaid Background

Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health

This national policy brief addresses the opportunities to expand on health services delivered within a school by school nurses and other district-employed providers.

A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services

This comprehensive, step-by-step guide provides background on school-based Medicaid and outlines various opportunities to advance state policy changes required to access federal funds.

Medicaid 101 for School Superintendents

This brief explores what Medicaid is, what it covers—in and out of school—and how school districts can leverage Medicaid to enhance school health services.

Introduction to Expanding School Medicaid Programs Webinar

This webinar recording describes the Medicaid program and what it covers, discusses how school districts can leverage Medicaid to enhance school health services, and provides information about the free care policy reversal and how states are leveraging this opportunity to expand their school-based Medicaid programs. Tips are shared on how key stakeholders, including school health providers and school superintendents, can support this work in their states and communities.

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

This recorded webinar provides 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 share how they expanded their programs and highlight key decisions they made along the way.

Understanding Medicaid Reimbursement in the School Setting

Presentation delivered by CMS for the Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative providing an overview of Medicaid reimbursement in the school setting. The presentation addresses issues including the free care policy, certified public expenditures, and telehealth.

Opportunities in Medicaid to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Care for Children and Youth

Presentation by Kirsten Beronio, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Understanding the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Benefit

This webinar provides an overview of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Benefit (EPSDT) requirements.

State Medicaid and Education Standards for School Health Personnel

This report reviews reimbursement challenges across the country and demonstrates how alignment between state Medicaid and education standards for school health personnel can reduce barriers to Medicaid reimbursement for school health services.

Illinois Policy

How Illinois Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School Health Services

Building off Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health, this brief looks at the state of children’s health and school staffing in Illinois and outlines the steps Illinois must take to amend its Medicaid state plan and increase access to health services.

School Funding and the Illinois Healthy Student State Plan Amendment

In this recorded webinar, learn about a federal policy shift that allows billing for all health services provided to all students enrolled in Illinois Medicaid. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Illinois State Plan Amendment

Answers to common questions about the Illinois State Plan Amendment and the benefits and changes to school Medicaid reimbursement.

Case Examples

Case Studies: How States Are Expanding School Health Services Using Medicaid

These case studies reflect the work states have completed, and the success they have achieved, in leveraging federal Medicaid policy to expand physical, behavioral, and mental health services.

Expanding Michigan’s School-Based Medicaid Program

This Healthy Students Promising Futures Learning Collaborative case study highlights Michigan’s work to leverage the reversal of free care policy to expand the state’s school-based Medicaid program. 

State Efforts to Expand School Health Services: Activity Tracker

This regularly updated brief tracks state efforts to expand access to school health services, either through a state plan amendment or through legislative/administrative action, allowing school districts to bill Medicaid for health services delivered to all Medicaid-enrolled children.

Tools and Templates

Sample Parental Notice for Consent to Allow the School District to Access Medicaid Benefits 

Sample parental consent form developed by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Numerous materials that districts can use for Medicaid outreach and enrollment.

Illinois ABE Portal

Platform to assist Illinois families with applying for Medicaid and other benefits.

Health Services

Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs

This U.S. Department of Education report provides information and resources on promoting mental health and social-emotional well-being among students. It specifically mentions Medicaid and “free care” opportunities.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Welcome Cohort 1! We are excited to work together to expand Medicaid-funded school health services.


Meeting Materials

Year 1

Kickoff Meeting: October 28, 2021

Peer Call: December 15, 2021

Meeting 2: February 15, 2022

Meeting 3: March 16, 2022

Peer Call: April 21, 2022


View the list of participating school district teams.

Please submit this form any time you add new partners to your team so that we can include them in project communications.

Contact Laura Frankel DeStigter, Project Director, at with any questions or concerns regarding the MESH Learning Collaborative.




EverThrive Illinois

Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education

Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Illinois Association of School Nurses

Illinois School Counselor Association

Illinois School Psychologists Association

National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter



September 17, 2021

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