Schools & Health Care
The 1998 Minnesota K-12 Omnibus Education bill mandated that all schools bill third-party payers (HMOs, insurers, and Medicaid) for health care services given under Special Education. M.S. 125A now mandates that funds ($50,000) be provided for training school staff in coding and other necessary skills and information for submitting Medicaid and insurance claims.
Referring to a 1986 newspaper expose': "It took four years, an audit of Pennsylvania's federal funding links to the EQA [Educational Quality Assessment], and a series of threats and counterthreats between federal and Pennsylvania education officials over the particulars of the funding, before state testing authorities finally admitted to the public that the EQA was, in fact, a psychological testing instrument and that it violated several of the seven protected areas under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, passed in 1978, sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch." (page 11)
Citizens for Choice in Health Care (CCHC), a Minnesota health care policy organization, has recently discovered that a portion of the K-12 Education bill, which violated federal law (42 U.S.C.Sec. 405) by requiring the collection of student social security numbers, was not completely dropped from the 1998 bill.
A new public-private partnership will "target social, emotional and health hurdles that can trip up poor children." (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 12/19/96) Initial cost: $27 million.
The following letter was retyped from the original for clarity. Marc Tucker is President of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) and the original letter is typed on NCEE letterhead. The letterhead includes a list of the NCEE Board of Trustees, one of whom is Hillary Clinton. It has been reproduced from the CPR for Families site.