Medicaid/CHIP Enrollments Approach 72 Million


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an August 31, 2015 report examining the impact of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Reported data shows that 29 jurisdictions (28 States and the District of Columbia) which implemented Medicaid expansion under the ACA by June 2015 saw, on average, a 29.69 percent increase in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollments for June 2015 compared to their average monthly enrollments in the July through September 2013 baseline period. [More]


HHS Updates Exchange Enrollment Data


On September 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report showing that 9,949,079 individuals, who had obtained private insurance coverage through health insurance exchanges/marketplaces in 2015, actually enrolled in the plans and were paying the premiums for coverage as of June 30, 2015. [More]


ESEA reauthorization will be a high priority as Congress resumes


After a summer hiatus, Congress resumed this month and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education ACT (ESEA) is expected to be a high priority. In July 2015, the House and Senate each passed bills with differing views on ESEA reauthorization; a joint education conference has been convened to begin efforts to reconcile the differences between the two bills. [More]


PCG TC wins two major contract re-ups


PCG Technology Consulting (PCG TC) was awarded two new contracts in August to continue to provide Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) services to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and business and operations support services to the California state-based health insurance marketplace, known as Covered California. [More]


PCG Education Launches Paths to College and Career: A Comprehensive 6-12 English Language Arts Curriculum


August 26, 2015 (Boston, M.A.) – PCG Education is pleased to announce the release of its Paths to College and Career English Language Arts Curriculum for grades 6-12. Through its recent partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., PCG Education will offer the curriculum in print and digital formats to educators nationally. Paths to College and Career is the next generation of rigorous Common Core instructional materials. With engaging learning activities for students, helpful guidance for teachers, and a suite of tools to ensure student success, Paths is the first program for grades 6-12 that is built from scratch to support students’ achievement of today’s more rigorous learning standards. [More]

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2015 foster care youth internship program recommends changes


On August 4, 2015, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption held an institute entitled, “Embracing Our Past, Empowering Their Future: Why Child Welfare Reform Matters,” that provided a forum of former foster youth focusing on their experiences while in the foster care. [More]


TANF reauthorization happening?


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has not had a full reauthorization since 2005 and chances of it happening this year are unlikely prior to the September 30 expiration. The TANF program has been supported through continuing resolutions by Congress since agreement on changes to requirements, programmatic guidance and fiscal issues have been a source of contention for Congressional members. [More]


School districts struggle to find teachers


An August 10, 2015 New York Times article reports that, as the school year begins, many school districts across the country are struggling to find teachers. The shortage of teachers is, reportedly, most acute in math, science, and special education; bilingual teachers are also increasingly difficult to find to address the growing number of English learners entering public schools. [More]

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TC wins strategic IV&V Michigan contract


PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was awarded a contract with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to provide Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services for the Michigan Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) Cloud Enablement and Migration Project. [More]


Congress addresses child welfare Issues


This week has been a busy for the Senate Finance Committee as two important issues have been addressed. On August 4, Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) held a finance hearing on foster care group homes. The hearing examined alternatives that can reduce the reliance of a child welfare agency’s use of group care for foster children and an in-home program “Homeworks” that supports children remaining in their own homes. [More]