HHS Releases Progress Report on Exchanges

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released a monthly progress report on March 11, 2014 showing that 4,242,325 individuals selected a qualified health plan (QHP) through Exchanges by March 1, 2014. This includes 1,621,239 individuals selecting QHPs through State-based Exchanges and 2,621,086 individuals selecting QHPs through Federally-facilitated Exchanges. [More]

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USDE Awards New School Improvement Grants

 

On March 13, 2014, U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Secretary Arne Duncan announced that 10 states have been awarded School Improvement Grants (SIG) to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-performing schools. Sharing in the total $95 million funding are Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, and Texas. [More]

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The President’s Budget Proposal Would Increase USDE Funding

 

President Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal, released on March 4, 2015, includes a request for $68.6 billion in discretionary funds for the U.S. Department of Education (USDE); nearly two percent more than last year’s funding. Nearly 90 percent of the funds would be for formula grant programs that address the needs of disadvantaged and minority students, students receiving special education, and English language learners. USDE would receive additional funding for Preschool Development Grants, the ConnectEDucators initiative, and Promise Neighborhoods. [More]

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CMS Report Shows Growth in Medicaid Eligibility Determinations

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released on February 28, 2014 its first monthly report on State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) application and eligibility determinations encompassing the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in January 2014. The ACA created a new Medicaid eligibility category of non-disabled, childless adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The new CMS report indicates that, in 26 jurisdictions (25 states and the District of Columbia) that have elected to implement Medicaid expansion so far, there were 1,531,527 individuals newly determined eligible for Medicaid/CHIP in January. [More]

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USDE Provides New Guidance for Protecting Student Privacy

 

On February 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) published new guidance for protecting student privacy while using online educational services. The guidance addresses the privacy and security of computer software, mobile applications (apps), and web-based tools provided by a third-party vendor to a local education agency (LEA) through which students and/or parents have access to online educational services. The guidance does not apply to electronic tools/services to which students and parents do not have access, e.g., an online student information system used exclusively by school officials for administrative purposes. [More]

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Early Childhood Data Systems Fail to Link with Other Data Systems to Improve Outcomes

 

According to a February 19, 2014 report released by the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC), most states are not effectively linking their early childhood data systems with other data systems as necessary to effectively guide decision-making for government-funded early care and education (ECE) programs. [More]

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VA Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Dealing with Subsidies Under ACA

 

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge James R. Spencer in the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a lawsuit claiming that language in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called for subsidies to be available only in states that run their own health insurance exchanges (Exchanges). [More]

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Covered California Exceeds Enrollment Targets

 

Covered California, the nation’s largest health insurance Exchange, released enrollment data on February 19, 2014 demonstrating that it has already achieved and exceeded its targets for the entire October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014 enrollment period. Cumulative enrollments in qualified health plans offered through Covered California reached 828,638 in mid-February. [More]

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HHS Report Shows Continuing Growth in Exchange Enrollments

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report on February 12, 2014 that shows a 53 percent increase in enrollments in qualified health plans through Exchanges during January 2014, in contrast to cumulative enrollments throughout the entire October – December 2013 period. The cumulative total of individuals who have selected an Exchange plan now stands at 3,299,492, including 1,359,904 enrolled through State-based Exchanges and 1,939,588 enrolled through Federally-facilitated Exchanges. California continues to lead all State-based Exchanges with a total of 728,086 enrollees, followed by New York (211,290), the State of Washington (88,945), and Colorado (68,454). Exchanges have determined 7,267,230 individuals eligible to enroll in plans offered through the Exchanges, but enrollment stands at 3,299,492 because eligible applicants can take more time to consider their options, choose a plan, and actually enroll. [More]

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Report Outlines State Strategies to Promote Continuity of Care

 

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) released a January 2014 report outlining valuable recommendations and exemplary practices to avoid disruptions in care for individuals transitioning between Medicaid and Exchange health plans. Such transitions, often referred to as “churn”, can result from changes in beneficiary income, employment status, marital status, family composition, age, residency, consumer preferences among competing health plans, and other variables. Such transitions can affect coverage benefits, available provider networks, and service authorizations for the beneficiary -- critical factors especially for persons undergoing treatment for complex, high-risk, and high-cost health conditions. [More]

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