By Reporter Staff
Last week Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law legislation by Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to help schools take a lead role in managing chronic childhood diseases and hire more school nurses.
“One of the leading causes of absenteeism in our schools is chronic illness,” Wolk said. “Increasing the number of nurses in our schools will positively affect attendance, graduation rates, and academic performance, particularly in California’s most needy school districts.”
Senate Bill 276, signed last Thursday, allows school districts, County Offices of Educations, and other Local Education Agency Medi-Cal providers (LEAs) to receive reimbursement for services provided to all Medi-Cal eligible students. LEAs currently cannot bill Medi-Cal for health services provided to special education students if those services are also provided to regular education students.