School-Based Medicaid Programs
School Health and Related Services (SHARS) and the Medicaid Administrative Claiming Project (MAC) Medicaid programs are administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). SHARS allows local school districts to obtain Medicaid reimbursement for certain health-related services provided directly to children enrolled in special education, while the MAC program allows reimbursement for certain outreach and case management activities.
School Health and Related Services (SHARS) is a Medicaid financing program and is a joint program of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). SHARS allows local school districts to obtain Medicaid reimbursement for certain health-related services provided to students in special education. Using existing state and local funds as the state match, SHARS providers are reimbursed the federal share of the established reimbursement rate.
School districts receive federal Medicaid money for SHARS services provided to students who meet all four of the following requirements. These students must:
- be Medicaid eligible;
- be under 21 years of age;
- meet eligibility requirements for Special Education described in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and
- have Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) that prescribe the needed services.
Current SHARS services include:
- school health services,
- medical services,
- occupational therapy,
- physical therapy,
- psychological services,
- speech therapy,
- personal care services, and
- special transportation.
SHARS services must be provided by qualified staff under contract with or employed by the school district/ssa. Furthermore, the school district must be enrolled as a Medicaid provider in order to bill Medicaid.
Texas Department of Health Services: School Health Program
Division of Health and Safety
July 23, 2014
Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver
from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the letter, he also
notified Secretary Duncan that the state would be adding an additional year to
the pilot program for the new teacher and principal evaluation and support
July 18, 2014
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a
federal grant flexibility initiative aimed at
providing increased flexibility to grantees, including school districts,
charter schools, education service centers, colleges and universities and
non-profit entities that receive certain federal education grants administered
July 14, 2014
Commissioner of Education
Michael Williams today announced his appointments to a seven-member board of
managers for the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD). The board of
managers will be responsible for overseeing the management of the BISD,
including oversight of the district’s efforts to address and correct identified
deficiencies and to implement effective, structural and procedural improvement
strategies for long-term, positive change.
June 24, 2014
Texas Education Agency has advised all school districts and charters of the
summer deadlines to submit locally-assigned performance ratings. Under House Bill 5 passed last year by the 83rd Texas
Legislature, all districts are required to evaluate the district’s performance
and the performance of each campus in regard to community and student