This bill requires the Department of Education to seek participation in the Medicaid direct certification program for free and reduced price school meals for students in public kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to assist the Department of Education in pursuing and implementing this new direct certification methodology.

Additionally, the bill includes a new section that allows for the sharing of personally identifiable student data between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education for the purposes of establishing eligibility for federal programs. The data to be shared includes the student's full name, date of birth, gender, and residence. The bill also requires the commissioners of both departments to sign a document verifying that the data matching between departments complies with applicable state and federal laws.

No fiscal impact information is available at this time.