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AFT Maryland’s Work Activates Medicaid Expansion in Maryland Schools

The state of Maryland has received a $2.5 million implementation grant from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This grant will help Maryland public schools extend services beyond what is provided under a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Services Program (IFSP). This initiative is a critical step toward enhanced healthcare accessibility for students enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP.

This grant, a product of the work of AFT Maryland in collaboration with Gov. Moore’s staff, is part of a broader federal effort under the Biden Administration. The funds, distributed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are designed to assist Maryland in the expansion of coverage and federal reimbursement for school-based services (SBS). This program will not only cover more health services but will streamline the reimbursement process for the federal government to repay schools for services.

AFT Maryland’s discovery of the available money, and the Moore administration’s acquisition of the available resources represents an advancement to address the health needs of children and adolescents. By leveraging federal grants and utilizing new resources provided by CMS, Maryland can enhance the availability and quality of healthcare services in schools, ultimately contributing to the well-being and academic success of its students.

Article by AFT Maryland Staff

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