Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) of 2016 Update

The momentum of passing the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) legislation has slowed although a Continuing Resolution for extension of federal appropriations through December 9, 2016 was passed on September 28, 2016. Currently, the legislation (FPPSA) calls for the delay of the final step of Fostering Connections legislation implementation, which would de-link income standards with children age two and under for Title IV-E Adoption Assistance. [More]

Texas Supreme Court denies appeal of lower court decision refusing to prevent legislative cuts to Medicaid rates for certain children’s home services

On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court decision, which held that certain providers and children’s advocacy groups lacked standing to invoke court jurisdiction in an attempt to prevent a state legislative $350 million Medicaid rate reduction for certain services to children with disabilities. [More]

GAO report examines cybersecurity under HHS programs

On September 26, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report entitled “Electronic Heath Information: HHS Needs to Strengthen Security and Privacy Guidance and Oversight.” The report examines rapid increases from 2009 through 2015 in breaches of personal health information, culminating in 56 major breaches affecting 113,181,615 health records in 2015. [More]

Public Consulting Group Welcomes Alvin Crawford to Education Practice

Boston, MA. [September 26, 2016] -- Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Alvin Crawford as General Manager in its Education practice. PCG's Education practice has thousands of clients in the United States and a growing client base internationally. Mr. Crawford will focus on creating new capabilities to bring to education clients as well as promoting PCG's current service portfolio to a wider set of customers; he will report directly to Grant Blair, who leads PCG's Education practice. [More]

New white paper explores implications of the Zika virus for human services agencies

During the past year, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has captured the world’s attention as news of babies born with abnormally small heads and neurological defects made headlines across the western hemisphere. Human service agencies, including early intervention, child care, early childhood, and public welfare agencies will be responsible for supporting and assisting individuals and children affected by Zika. However, many agencies do not know where to start preparations, how to predict impact and prevalence, or how to connect with existing public health preparations. [More]

Family First Prevention Services Act: Paying for What Works

Historically, the federal government’s support for child welfare services through the Title IV-E program has been limited to a single service: placement in foster care. With decades of research and experience, we now know that foster care is not the only – nor the best – solution for many children who have experienced maltreatment.

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) provides an opportunity for states and local communities to move towards more varied, proven interventions and services for children and families. It will also require many states to make significant changes in how they buy, manage, and fund services. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to consider the benefits that will likely accrue to state systems, and to children and families, when considering the fiscal impact of the FFPSA. [More]

Tennessee District selects PCG to provide ELA curriculum

This fall, Shelby County Schools is launching an innovative trial program to accelerate English language achievement for all students in grades 9-12. The district selected PCG and Wiley’s Paths to College and Career 9-12 English Language Arts Curriculum (EngageNY) for their program in order to change teacher practice and improve student achievement. [More]

Proposed Benefit and Payment Parameters 2018 Released

This year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters earlier than in prior years in order to provide more market certainty. The draft regulations, which were released last week and published in the federal register on September 6, outline changes to operations and rules for health insurance Marketplaces and the commercial health insurance market generally for 2018. [More]

HHS report shows Medicaid expansion affects QHP premiums

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), released a report showing that premiums for qualified health plans (QHPs) offered through Exchanges were on average about seven percent lower in 2015 for states that had expanded Medicaid for persons with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL) versus states that had not. As actuarial risk pools, hence premiums, vary based on many local area factors, the report focuses on QHP benchmark premiums in 94 paired counties on opposite sides of borders between expansion states and non-expansion states that had used Federal exchanges in 2015. [More]