Zay bill to help state capture ed funds moving on

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would allow Indiana to capture potentially millions of federal dollars to go toward schools in the state passed the Senate on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Senate Bill 142 would remove obstacles for schools by allowing them to claim Medicaid reimbursements for services being provided to qualifying students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and in special education services.

“Our schools are already providing many of these in-house services, and footing the bill for it,” Zay said. “The funds from Medicaid reimbursements could be used to support existing services or be repurposed for other needs, including teacher pay, at the schools’ discretion. Ultimately, we want to make sure every Hoosier student has access to the services they need to excel in the classroom, and SB 142 helps provide the funding our schools need to achieve that goal.”

Zay says neighboring states currently bring in $100 to $150 million more than Indiana in Medicaid reimbursement funds and SB 142 would help Indiana capture the same Medicaid reimbursements as those neighboring states.

SB 142 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.