MARCH 2022

The Medicaid in Schools Coalition held a webinar recently- Understanding the Medicaid in Schools Program. The Medicaid in Schools program operates unlike any other federal education or Medicaid program. This briefing, which was tailored to both healthcare and education LAs, covered:
  • What services schools can/cannot be reimbursed for by Medicaid
  • What opportunities exist for expanded Medicaid services in schools, particularly additional mental health services
  • What schools do with the Medicaid reimbursement they receive
  • Why school district participation in the program varies so greatly
  • How this program plays a key role in advancing education and healthcare equity for children

The webinar was hosted by:

  • Sasha Pudelski, Director of Advocacy, AASA
  • Alex Mays, Senior National Program Director, Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach Ph.D., NCSP Director, Policy and Advocacy, National Association of School Psychologists.

You can access the recorded presentation here. Slides from the presentation can be found here.


AASA and the Healthy Schools Campaign led a letter signed by 50 national education, health care and child welfare organizations urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to update their school-based Medicaid guidance by June 1.

Medicaid 101 for School Superintendents




As school districts are faced with a growing number of students with critical health and mental healthcare needs, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is seeking a solution to enable more communities to participate in the Medicaid program.

Structural Inefficiencies in the School-Based Medicaid Program Disadvantage Small and Rural Districts and Students




medicaid 101 report coverMARCH 2019 AASA, in partnership with the Healthy Schools Campaign, released a Medicaid primer for school superintendents that discusses the role that Medicaid can play in schools and the role of states in defining and changing Medicaid claiming for districts.

Medicaid 101 for School Superintendents







February 2018

 AASA surveyed over 500 school leaders in 46 states to determine what would happen if they lost all their Medicaid funding. This 2018 addendum to our groundbreaking report Cutting Medicaid: A Prescription to Hurt the Neediest Kids, describes the impact of the cuts.


*New: 70 Organizations in the Save Medicaid in Schools Coalition Oppose Graham-Cassidy (Sept., 19, 2017)

Superintendents and other school district leaders are “overwhelmingly concerned” and “deeply worried” about students in special education programs and those living in poverty if Republican proposals to refinance Medicaid are enacted according to a new AASA survey.

In Cutting Medicaid: A Prescription to Hurt the Neediest Kids, close to 1,000 school leaders detailed the educational and economic consequences of a proposed 30 percent cut in Medicaid reimbursements. Republicans have expressed a desire to reduce federal Medicaid spending by 25 percent by distributing funding through a block grant or a per-capita cap, which would shift costs to states.

Access the full report of Cutting Medicaid here. an executive summary that details the survey findings in brief here, and an infographic with the eight facts you need to know about children on Medicaid and the services they receive in schools here.

Read the Save Medicaid in Schools Letter on Extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (Sept., 5, 2017)  

Read the Save Medicaid in Schools Letter on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (July 24, 2017)   

Read the Save Medicaid in Schools Letter on the Senate Medicaid bill titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (June 27, 2017).

Read the Save Medicaid in Schools letter on AHCA (May 2, 2017).

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