Medicaid Rural Change

Last Updated: July 18, 2009

This article appeared in the July 2009 Rural Policy Matters.

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On July 1, the federal government formally rescinded a rule that would have stopped Medicaid reimbursements to schools for transportation and some administrative activities related to providing services to students with disabilities.
Many students with disabilities need specialized transportation or have other medical needs that must be addressed, sometimes at school, as part of their educational program. Medicaid provides funds to schools to help meet these needs and to enable schools to undertake outreach and enrollment activities to help families access Medicaid help for their children. But the rural change, implementation of which had earlier been delayed, would have ended this assistance.
In public comment on the proposed change, schools and advocates had pointed out that unless schools could provide transportation and enroll students in Medicaid at school, the needs of many students with disabilities would go unmet.
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