Ohio school official wants school Medicaid expansion

AKRON, Ohio - A state school board member wants the Medicaid program for Ohio schools expanded to cover additional services such as school nurses, classroom aides and special education transportation.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that State Board of Education member Bryan Williams plans to propose changes to the Medicaid School Program at a meeting with state officials March 12.

The program already covers speech therapy, psychological testing and counseling, but it is years behind on its payments.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hasn't fully reimbursed Ohio districts for Medicaid-related services since 2005, when a previous program crumbled.

A new program was launched in 2009. Since then, districts have received almost half of what they say they are owed. But the state believes that schools exaggerated some claims.

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