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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CMS Withdraws Its Free Care Policy

 

In a December 15, 2014 letter to state Medicaid directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance withdrawing its long-standing free care policy. Historically, with the exception of IEP/IFSP services, CMS refused Medicaid payments to school districts for covered services provided to Medicaid-enrolled students if the school district provided the services free to other students (called the “free care policy”). [More]

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Human Services Legislation in the 114th Congress

 

The 114th Congress was sworn in January 5, 2015 and will be in place until January 8, 2017. During this time, multiple bills and resolutions will be brought forward for discussion, hearings, and debate, possibly eventually becoming law. If the 114th follows in the tradition of the 113th there will be relatively few bills passed this year. Only 297 bills were passed and made into law during the 113th Congress – the lowest number since the Congress of 1947. [More]

 

CMMI Announces $666 Million in State Health Care Innovation Awards

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced on December 16, 2014 that it is authorizing $623 million in “model testing” awards to 11 states and $43 million in “model design” awards to 17 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia. CMMI has approved the awards under section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These “model testing” and “model design” awards complete “round two” in CMMI’s State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative. [More]

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CMS Issues Final Rule Re: Hospital-Specific Limitation

 

In the December 3, 2014 Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 71679), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule authorizing a service-specific basis for defining the uninsured, for the purpose of determining the hospital-specific limitation on disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments. Under section 1923(g) of the Social Security Act, DSH payments to hospitals are limited to the uncompensated costs of providing hospital services to individuals who are Medicaid eligible or have no health insurance (or other source of third party coverage) for the services furnished during the year. [More]

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