Hawaii DHS Extends PCG Technology Consulting's IV&V Contract through December 2015

In 2012, the Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) decided to replace its legacy Medicaid eligibility system with a solution to modernize its system and support the Affordable Care Act requirements. The first phase of the project, known as the Kauhale (Community) Online Eligibility Assistance (KOLEA) project, went live on Oct. 1, 2013 when the state converted a majority of the Medicaid functionality from the legacy system to KOLEA. [More]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]