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    Congress reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program

    On January 22, 2018, Congress reauthorized funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2023. The CHIP provisions are included as the Healthy Kids Act under H.R. 195, Division C.  Division B extends a short-term continuing resolution (CR), which was necessary to reverse a three-day federal government shut-down. Division D affects certain health care related taxes established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President signed the bill into law on January 22. 

    • 25. January 2018
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    Trends defined through most recent Adoptions and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS) data

    The latest compilation of data from the AFCARS report demonstrates a double digit increase in the number of children within the foster care system over the last 10 years. A critical factor in that increase relates to the current opioid epidemic, which is affecting all states and their child welfare agencies.  Of the 437,465 children in the foster care system during Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016, approximately 68.1% (or 296,643) of the children were placed as a result of drug abuse or neglect...

    • 25. January 2018
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    CMS issues guidelines on mandating work and community engagement under Medicaid and approves the first work requirement waiver

    On January 11, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed a State Medicaid Director letter outlining new guidelines for states about mandating work and other community engagement activities for adult Medicaid beneficiaries who are not aged, disabled, or pregnant. CMS defines community engagement broadly, as encompassing activities such as job search, education, skills training, caregiving, volunteer service, and treatment for substance use disorders; and suggests that such activities may be linked to better health outcomes.

    • 19. January 2018
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    PCG at SXSW EDU 2018: 5 sessions on how all students can succeed

    Whether it’s “no child left behind” or “every student succeeds,” our country has long embraced—and legislated—the principle that in U.S. schools, all students deserve to succeed. Here at PCG, we have always believed “all means all.” All students in special education. All English language learners. All students with disabilities.

    • 19. January 2018