113th Congress Actions on Child Welfare

 

As the 113th Congress draws to a close, the public response to the ineffectiveness of this session has been much publicized. During the session, Congress passed the fewest ever number of bills into law. [More]

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MD DHMH Awards Fiscal Management Services Contract to PPL for Self-Directed Care Programs

 

Boston, MA, December 2013 – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has awarded a two-year contract to PCG Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL) to provide fiscal management services for Medicaid participants enrolled in self-directed home care service programs. PPL will be the sole contractor providing services as the state of Maryland consolidates the delivery of personal assistance in the home. [More]

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CCIIO Offers New Option for States on ACA Market Reforms

 

Acknowledging demands for “transitional relief” as perhaps 4 million individuals are facing health insurance cancellation notices for 2014 and websites for federally-facilitated health insurance Exchanges are not meeting consumers’ expectations, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) has released a letter to state health insurance commissioners stating that health insurance issuers in the individual and small group markets may choose to extend coverage that would otherwise be cancelled due to market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act (sections 2701-2709 on establishing premiums, comprehensive benefits coverage, guaranteed availability of coverage, coverage of adults with pre-existing conditions, etc.). [More]

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HHS Proposes Quality Rating System for Exchange Health Plans

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a notice in the Federal Register on November 19, 2013 proposing a quality rating system (QRS) for qualified health plans (QHPs) offered through health insurance Exchanges. The QRS is based on section 1311(c)(3) and (4) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires HHS to create a system enabling consumers to compare QHPs based on relative quality, price, and enrollee satisfaction. [More]

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WA OFM Selects PCG to Help Streamline Its Eligibility Business Processes

 

Boston, MA, November, 2013 – The state of Washington Office of Financial Management (OFM) selected Public Consulting Group (PCG) to help streamline its eligibility business processes. In response to a legislative mandate, the OFM is working to simplify procedures, improve customer service, and reduce state expenditures for its public assistance and medical eligibility programs. [More]

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Congressional Representatives Propose a Bipartisan Bill to Support Early Learning

 

On November 13, 2013, Congressional Republicans and Democrats joined forces to introduce a bill to support early learning. The Strong Start for America’s Children Act would, among other things, create a new program to provide enhanced access to preschool and expand partnerships between Early Head Start and child care programs. [More]

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The Number of Homeless Students Continues To Rise

 

The October 2013 Data Collection Summary by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) reported that the number of homeless children enrolled in public schools continues to rise. A student is considered homeless if he or she does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. [More]

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DHHS Awards ACA Funds to Expand Access to Care in New Communities

 

On November 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the award of $150 million of Affordable Care Act (ACA) funds to new primary care sites in 236 communities across the country. The funds are estimated to help provide care for approximately 1.25 million additional patients. [More]

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HHS Releases First Report on Enrollments in Health Plans Through Exchanges

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report on November 13, 2013 indicating that, during the period October 1 – November 2, a total of 106,185 individuals had selected qualified health plans through health insurance Exchanges; 79,391 of those individuals selected a plan through a State-based Exchange in 15 States, including 35,364 in California alone (the report notes California’s exemplary, multi-lingual public outreach campaign), while only 26,794 did so through Federally-facilitated Exchanges in all other States. [More]

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HHS, Labor, and Treasury Update Mental Health Parity Rules

 

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury published final rules in the November 13, 2013 Federal Register on the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) and related provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]

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