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SBHS notification

May 16, 2022

HCA to issue refunds related to ARPA funding adjustments

School districts and educational service districts (ESDs) who participate in HCA's School-Based Health Care Services (SBHS) program may be eligible for a refund, due to recent ARPA funding adjustments. 


The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 provided qualifying states with a temporary increase to their federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), as much as 10 percentage points, for certain Medicaid expenditures (i.e. school-based services) provided between April 1, 2021-March 31, 2022. 

When will refunds be issued?

HCA's Accounting Department will begin issuing refunds to eligible school districts and ESDs within the next few weeks. Eligible districts/ESDs will receive their refund the same way they receive SBHS Medicaid claims payments (either via paper check or electronic funds transfer). As refunds go out, HCA's Accounting Department will notify the district's accounts payable staff via email with the refund total. 


Any questions about this notification may be directed to the SBHS program manager or to HCA's Accounting Department

About the SBHS program

The Washington State School-Based Health Care Services (SBHS) program is administered by the Health Care Authority (HCA). School districts participating in the SBHS program may receive reimbursement for providing health care-related services to Title XIX Medicaid-eligible students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs). Visit the SBHS webpage for more information.

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