Medicaid and school districts may work together to provide services to students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures children with disabilities are provided with a free and appropriate public education. Students with disabilities are placed in an Individual Education Program (IEP) to identify the specific services needed by that student.
Senate Report 94-168, 1975, allows school districts to use other funding sources, such as Medicaid, to assist in the implementation of these services. In 1993, Idaho Medicaid worked with the Idaho Department of Education to facilitate rules for school districts to access federal Medicaid funding for those health-related services that are identified in the IEP.
If your child is Medicaid eligible, your school district must get your consent to release identifiable information from your child’s IEP when claims are sent to Medicaid. Your student’s information is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).