Research Examines Barriers to Funding School Nursing Services for Low-Income Students with Asthma

The Journal of School Health published an article in May, 2016, examining funding options for school-based health services relating to asthma and other health conditions. The researchers conducted a “nonsystematic review of legal, government, private health foundation, and medical literature,” to explore ways to deal with current barriers to funding found in the Medicaid system.

In their investigation, the researchers found “many health services for asthma and other conditions provided in school settings are services typically covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) when offered in other settings. However, complex reimbursement rules, questionable policy guidance establishing a ‘free care rule,’ and other barriers have limited the ability of schools to seek Medicaid/CHIP reimbursement for these services.” They go on to suggest “policymakers should call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to abandon the ‘free care rule’ and issue other guidance that would enable schools to appropriately obtain Medicaid reimbursement for nursing services.”

To view the article’s abstract, click here.