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Progress Report: Steps Taken to Maximize Federal Revenue for Exceptional Student Education Program, Report No. 06-49, May 2006
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The Department of Education and the Agency for Health Care Administration have taken most of the actions recommended by our 2004 report to maximize federal funding for the Exceptional Student Education program which serves children with disabilities. Projected Medicaid reimbursements to school districts for direct services for these children increased by $3.4 million (48%) between 2004 and 2005. Florida’s requests for changes in Medicaid reimbursement were denied by the federal government, but the Agency for Health Care Administration is modifying the Medicaid rate structure to allow adjustments for large counties and for inflation.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 04-16 Special Report:  Maximizing Federal Revenue Could Help Offset Costly Services for Children with Disabilities, published in February 2004.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Exceptional Student Education
Medicaid Health Care Services (AHCA)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-08 Students with Developmental Disabilities Have Limited Postsecondary Options; A New Institution Would Expand Choices but Require Additional State Funding,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 05-38 Progress Report: Florida Continues to Fund Out-of-State Students Placed in Private Residential Facilities, published in June 2005.
  • Report No. 04-39 Information Brief:  Many Children Receiving Intensive Exceptional Student Education Services Are Served by Multiple Programs; No Unnecessary Duplication of Services Found, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 03-58 Special Review:  Florida Could Avoid $1.5 Million Annually in ESE Costs for Out-of-State Students Who Are Placed in Private Residential Facilities, published in October 2003.
  • Report No. 03-40 Special Report: Exceptional Student Education Population Grows Dramatically; More Accountability and Better Training Needed to Implement Funding Matrix, published in July 2003.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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