Revised POLICY ON FERPA, IDEA 2004 and parental consent

Exceptional Children Division
NC Department of Public Instruction
Revised POLICY ON FERPA, IDEA 2004 and parental consent
related to Medicaid reimbursement
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the
federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and
applies to all schools that receive funding from the U.S. Department
of Education. It provides rights to parents of minors in protecting the
privacy of student records, including medical records held by the
LEAs must notify parents annually of their rights under FERPA and
have a signed consent form on file in the school records before
disclosing confidential student information to the North Carolina
Medicaid agency for Medicaid billing. Even though the North
Carolina Medicaid application, which must be signed by the parent
and dated, contains a statement giving permission for the provider or
their agent to release needed information for payment or audit
purposes, an informed consent document must be signed and on file
with the LEA.
This provides documentation that FERPA
requirements have been met. FERPA is an education law not a
Medicaid law.
IDEA 2004 regulations also require informed parental consent in
order to release personally identifiable information.
300.154(d)(2)(iv) has been changed to clarify that, “consent must be
obtained each time the public agency seeks to access a parent’s public
benefits or insurance”.
This policy does not apply to billing the family’s private insurance.
Private insurance is not billed by LEAs for school based services.
Appropriate school based services must be provided to the student at
no cost to them or their family.