ASHA has prepared an issue brief to further assist members in the implementation of the 2013 final regulations [PDF] that govern the use of a child's or parent's public benefits or insurance (e.g., Medicaid) to provide or pay for services required under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This issue brief highlights the points most relevant for ASHA members who work in school settings. ASHA will continue to develop and release additional technical assistance materials, including FAQs, to further assist members in the implementation of the 2013 final regulations.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued final regulations regarding parental consent and use of public insurance under Part B of IDEA. The final regulations became effective March 18, 2013. Among other things, the regulations (a) clarify the parental consent a public agency must obtain prior to accessing a child's or parent's public benefits or insurance for the first time and (b) state that the agency must provide written notification to the child's parents-both prior to accessing a child's or parent's public benefits or insurance for the first time and annually thereafter.
For more information, visit ASHA's IDEA website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.