U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Whether Medicaid Providers Can Challenge a State’s Reimbursement Rates

 

On January 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution granted a state’s Medicaid providers a private right of action to challenge a state’s reimbursement rates. The Supremacy Clause generally is invoked when a federal law and a state law on the same subject collide with the federal law prevailing. [More]

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Indiana Wins State Health Plan Approval

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) on January 27, 2015 that CMS has approved FSSA’s “Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0”. Indiana’s plan is designed to improve access to preventive care, encourage healthy behaviors, and promote greater efficiency in the health care delivery system. The CMS approval includes waivers of federal Medicaid requirements in eight major areas, including waivers related to charging enrollment premiums and enrollee co-payments on covered services. [More]

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Legislation Re: Child Sexual Trafficking Introduced in 114th Congress

 

The first three week of the 114th Congress has been flooded with five bills that address issues of exploitation of women and girls through sex trafficking. There is some overlaps in the legislation introduced, as well as recommendation for amendments to several previous laws addressing several issues. The House of Representatives on January 27, 2015 passed motions to suspend the rules and pass the bills by voice votes. [More]

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PCG Education’s ELA Curriculum Earns EQuIP’s ‘Exemplar’ Rating

 

Portsmouth, NH, January 29, 2015 – PCG Education today announced that a unit from its EngageNY English Language Arts (ELA) 6-12 curriculum was awarded an “Exemplar” rating by Educators Evaluating the Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP). This is the highest rating possible that EQuIP awards as part of its Peer Review Panel effort. [More]

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State of the Union Address Included Little Reference to K-12 Education

 

On January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address. Compared to some of his previous addresses, the President spoke very little about K-12 education. A Huffington Post article highlighted that the President did not mention the current congressional committee proposal to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB); however, rewriting NCLB was recently endorsed by the U.S. Education Secretary. [More]

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PCG’s EngageNY ELA Curriculum (6-12) Now Available in Print from Baum & Beaulieu

 

Boston, MA, January 20, 2015 – PCG Education today announced that it will partner with New York book distributor Baum & Beaulieu to make its EngageNY English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for grades 6-12 available to educators, schools, and districts in a low-cost print format. Baum & Beaulieu will serve as the exclusive national distributor of the curriculum, providing marketing, sales, fulfillment, and direct client services. [More]

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Another ACA Individual Mandate Challenge

 

On January 12, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a D.C Circuit case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate. See, ASSOCIATION of AM. PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS v. BURWELL, No. 14-350 (U.S. REVIEW DENIED JAN. 12, 2015). [More]

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President Proposes New Legislation to Protect Student Privacy

 

On January 12, 2015, President Obama released a new legislative proposal, the Student Digital Privacy Act, designed to prevent online service providers from using personally identifiable student information for non-educational purposes. The proposed legislation, modeled after a California statute that will become effective on January 1, 2016, would preclude selling student data to third parties and engaging in targeted advertising to students or parents based on data collected at school. [More]

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Oral Arguments in ACA Subsidy Case on March 4, 2015

 

On December 22, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments in KING v. BURWELL, No. 14-114, in the case challenging the position that subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are permitted in states with federally facilitated marketplaces as well as in states with state-based marketplaces. [More]

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Federal District Court Judge Rules FL Medicaid Program Violates Federal Laws

 

On December 31, 2014, Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that Florida’s Medicaid program violated federal laws, including those pertaining to the EPSDT program and the requirement in 42 U.S.C. section 1396a(30)(A) that providers be sufficiently compensated to ensure access by Medicaid recipients to services equal to others in the same geographical area. [More]

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