School Based ACCESS Program


    The School-Based ACCESS Program (SBAP) is a federal program which allows East Stroudsburg Area School District to receive partial Medicaid reimbursement for health-related services provided to Medicaid eligible Special Education students as part of their Individual Education Program (IEP). Reimbursable services include therapies such as occupational, physical and speech, nursing, hearing and orientation and mobility services, personal care assistance, social work and special transportation. ESASD must comply with all applicable state and federal statues, regulations and policies which pertain to participation in the SBAP.  ESASD has participated in this program since 1994. Since that time, the reimbursement money received has been vital to meet the increased costs of providing special education services for students in our district. Funds are used to enhance and expand special education programs by providing additional supports and interventions to our special education students through the purchase of equipment and materials that support student IEP goals.



    The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations require that schools obtain a written one-time parental consent prior to billing Medicaid. Once signed, this one-time consent is valid for the student’s entire school career. A “Medical Assistance Program Billing Notice” appears yearly in the student’s IEP.  Permission does not in any way affect or impact other medically necessary, covered services that are provided to your child out of school. Medical Assistance will continue to pay for these services.  A parent/guardian also has the right to refuse or withdraw consent at any time. This will not affect the services that your child receives during school as part of their IEP.



    Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, pays for health care services for eligible individuals. If you are interested in applying for Medical Assistance for a student, please follow the instructions listed below. If you do not know if you are eligible, you may still apply.

    1. Visit the PA Compass website. This website will guide you through applying for various types of benefits. https:/
    2. Under the blue welcome screen click "Do I Qualify?” or “Apply Now”.
    3. Complete the process as instructed on each screen. This information will then be routed directly to your County Assistance Office. The County Assistance Office will then contact you to inform you of eligibility status. 

    If you need help completing the application form, a county assistance office staff member can help you.


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