Arlington Public Schools, along with all public school districts in Virginia, has the opportunity to bill the state Medicaid program for partial reimbursement for health-related services (i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, etc.) provided to special education students. These services must be documented in the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and have parental consent.  Some examples of services include:

  • physical therapy,
  • occupational therapy
  • speech/language pathology services
  • skilled nursing services
  • personal care assistants
  • special transportation

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that children with disabilities be provided with a free appropriate public education. The special education and related services received by the child must be identified as the result of a comprehensive evaluation and described in an individual education plan (IEP). These services are provided free of charge to any special education student.  The student’s services are not affected by Medicaid parental consent.  Your child’s health coverage for services outside the school system will not be impacted by the school billing Medicaid or FAMIS.Billing public insurance for special education services in an important source of funding for public school divisions.  The monies received from Medicaid are used to pay for classroom staff, related services, and materials used in the provision of health related services.  It is beneficial to your child’s educational program for the district to access these funds.

Please contact APS Medicaid Coordinator Catina Claytor-Frye,703-228-6065, or with questions or concerns.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Medicaid and School Health Services

Other Information:


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Medicaid Links for Website 

To apply for Medicaid:     2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204703-228-1300   1-855-242-8282

Smiles for Children is Virginia’s Medicaid, FAMIS and FAMIS Plus dental program.

How to find a dentist for individuals with Smiles for Children:   1-888-912-3456

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