Update: Proposed Amendment to Section 1905 of the Social Security Act
TAMES continues to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid reimbursement to Illinois public schools, with the goal of enrolling every child as an EPSDT-Medicaid recipient. Below you'll find updated documents containing our proposed amendment language and our rationale. Should you have any questions, please reach out to us via email.
School Year 2018 - Updating Contacts
Be sure your contact lists on iTames are kept up to date. A couple of places to check:
- District contacts list: Knowing who to reach out to for all the different parts of fee-for-service claiming makes the information gathering more efficient and less troublesome for your staff.
- Service providers list: It is important to make sure that all the current service practitioners are listed and that each has a valid email address.
Keeping these updated ensures you receive all vital communications in a timely manner. Please write or call if you have any difficulties.
TAMES Communicates Position on Health Care Bills to U.S. Senators and Congresspeople From Illinois
July 25, 2017
TAMES sent letters to U.S. senators and congresspeople from Illinois this week, communicating concern over the Republican health care bills being discussed in Washington, DC. As an agent for many public schools in Illinois, TAMES shares the concern schools have at the prospect of decreased access to Medicaid funds for Illinois students. TAMES's position paper on the topic can be read here:
TAMES Health Care Reform Position Paper
TAMES Releases Position Paper on Republican Health Care Bills
TAMES has released a position paper on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The full text of the paper can be found here: TAMES Health Care Reform Position
TAMES will be sending a copy of this position paper to all Illinois Congresspeople and Senators.
TAMES Founder Marv Roelofs to Present Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth With Updated Proposal
Investment in Our Children Act of 2017: A Way Forward to Provide All America's Children the Opportunity to Develop and Grow Through Utilization of Early Intervention / Preventive Health Care Services
TAMES has always been at the forefront of efforts to provide federal funding toward necessary care for Illinois school children. Company founder Marv Roelofs played a pivotal role in the legislative process that made Medicaid funds available to support related services for students within special education programs. Now, Marv is presenting an updated proposal to Illinois' United States Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth that aims to enroll every child as an EPSDT-Medicaid recipient, eligible to receive early intervention/prevention services, with the federal government funding 80% of allied health care service costs through Medicaid. The services would be applicable to all students in standard or special education. This funding should have a positive impact on the availability of early intervention services and on educational agencies' fiscal resources to meet the developmental needs of their students.
Download the Investment in Our Children Act of 2017 here.
Additionally, read Marv's letter to the honorable Senator Richard Durbin about the proposed Investment in Our Children Act of 2017 here.
Executive Director of Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), Dr. Luann Purcell, Issues Call to Action on Medicaid and AHCA
Dr. Luann Purcell, executive director of CASE, is urging educators and care providers to oppose changes to Medicaid proposed in the Republican American Health Care Act. The bill would alter the financing structure of Medicaid and make it more difficult for low-income families to receive the care their children need to reduce the barriers to learning. TAMES stands with CASE in encouraging you to take action by contacting your representatives and asking them to vote against any legislation that puts arbitrary caps on the amount of Medicaid funding a child can receive.
The full text of the letter from Dr. Purcell, with additional instructions and advice on how to support the efforts of CASE, can be read here.
After 28 years in Harvey, Illinois, TAMES has relocated its offices to Frankfort, Illinois. The move was completed in April 2016. If you haven't already done so, please update your contact information.
TAMES Health Resource Service Management, Inc.
20550 S. La Grange Road, Suite 310
Frankfort, IL 60423-1284
(779) 324-5043 (phone)
(779) 324-5127 (fax)
(800) 848-0157 (toll-free)
TAMES looks forward to continuing to meet your fee-for-service Medicaid claiming needs.