Georgia: "More students are coming to school with chronic conditions"

Aug 30, 2017, Atlanta Journal Constitution: Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System reach merger agreement …Medicaid may be under assault in Washington, but Georgia’s top education agency hopes to tap into that federal fund to more than double the state’s number of school nurses. In support of the Georgia Department of Education, the state Department of Community Health board recently voted to approve a nursing services reimbursement program that would draw an estimated $48.6 million in additional federal money, assuming no major changes come to Medicaid. .

..School nurses provide routine and preventive screenings and examinations, diagnoses of health problems and monitoring and treatment of chronic conditions. That help can be critical to keep students on track in school. … For whatever reason, more students are coming to school with chronic conditions, like asthma, or undiagnosed problems, such as impaired hearing or vision, that can interfere with learning, said Lisa Morrison, the lead nurse for Glynn County Schools on the Georgia coast. Her district can afford to put a nurse in every school, but many cannot. She knows of at least one with as few as one nurse for every three schools. …