CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Health Department says there are temporary rules in place to expand the Medicaid to Schools program to ensure schools are able to bill the department starting this academic year.

In July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the department's request to expand the services in the state Medicaid plan. That allowed the department to move forward with rulemaking to expand services that can be reimbursed.

The department was to have started working on the changes last year, but the work wasn't finished.

The voluntary program allows school districts to bill Medicaid, with parental consent, for certain services. In 2017, 63 percent of New Hampshire school districts participated in the program and were reimbursed for more than $28 million in Medicaid funds.