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Medicaid

Effective January 2009, Shenandoah County Public Schools became an authorized Medicaid Provider. This means Shenandoah County Public Schools can bill Medicaid for services provided to Medicaid/FAMIS disabled, eligible students. It allows school divisions to recover partial reimbursement for specific health and health-related services provided to Medicaid eligible students in special education. These services must be documented in the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) and include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology services, skilled nursing services, personal care assistants, special transportation, and certain evaluations.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that children with disabilities be provided with a free appropriate public education. The special education and related services received by the child must be identified as the result of a comprehensive evaluation and described in an individual education plan (IEP). These services are provided free of charge to Shenandoah County Public School's disabled, eligible students.

Parent Information

Parent Letter from Department of Medical Assistance Services 
Parent letter from Department of Medical Assistance Services - Spanish     
Examples of Medicaid Insurance Cards     
Medicaid Mythbusters

Frequently Asked Questions  

Does participating in Medicaid affect a child's special education services or Medicaid benefits?

No, allowing the school division to bill for these services will not affect or change the special education services a child receives, nor will it affect or change his/her Medicaid coverage.

Do other school divisions participate in Medicaid billing?

Yes, more than half of the school divisions in Virginia participate in Medicaid billing.

Is parental consent required?

Yes, school divisions are required to obtain parental consent prior to billing Medicaid for services provided.   Permission can be given at the IEP meeting.

Will my child continue to receive services if I do not give permission?

Yes, there will be no change in the services your child receives.