Public School Talk: Medicaid Billing in Public Schools: Is This Health Care or Education? The concept of billing Medicaid for rehabilitation and health care services provided to special education students in public schools is about as enjoyable as a root canal! In addition to the morass of regulations governing the provision of special education and related services, schools must understand and correctly implement ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 1999
Public School Talk: Medicaid Billing in Public Schools: Is This Health Care or Education?
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  • Lissa Power-deFur
    Virginia Department of Education, Richmond, VA
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Professional Issues & Training / Public School Talk
Article   |   October 01, 1999
Public School Talk: Medicaid Billing in Public Schools: Is This Health Care or Education?
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 1999, Vol. 9, 15-16. doi:10.1044/aas9.3.15
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 1999, Vol. 9, 15-16. doi:10.1044/aas9.3.15
The concept of billing Medicaid for rehabilitation and health care services provided to special education students in public schools is about as enjoyable as a root canal! In addition to the morass of regulations governing the provision of special education and related services, schools must understand and correctly implement the regulations governing provision of services to Medicaid eligible children who also happen to be receiving special education. Enough already! Why are we going through this?
In 1988, the Supreme Court upheld a Massachusetts’ court ruling that established that any health services provided as part of a child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) cannot be denied merely because the services are in an IEP. The 1992 regulations implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) clarified that nothing in IDEA relieves an insurer or similar third party payer from an otherwise valid obligation to provide or pay for services provided to a child receiving special education.
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