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]

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PCG’s EngageNY ELA Curriculum (6-12) Now Available in Print from Baum & Beaulieu

 

Boston, MA, January 20, 2015 – PCG Education today announced that it will partner with New York book distributor Baum & Beaulieu to make its EngageNY English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for grades 6-12 available to educators, schools, and districts in a low-cost print format. Baum & Beaulieu will serve as the exclusive national distributor of the curriculum, providing marketing, sales, fulfillment, and direct client services. [More]

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Categories:Corporate | Education

 

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Another ACA Individual Mandate Challenge

 

On January 12, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a D.C Circuit case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate. See, ASSOCIATION of AM. PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS v. BURWELL, No. 14-350 (U.S. REVIEW DENIED JAN. 12, 2015). [More]

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Categories:Health and Human Services

 

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]

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Oral Arguments in ACA Subsidy Case on March 4, 2015

 

On December 22, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments in KING v. BURWELL, No. 14-114, in the case challenging the position that subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are permitted in states with federally facilitated marketplaces as well as in states with state-based marketplaces. [More]

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Categories:Health and Human Services

 

Federal District Court Judge Rules FL Medicaid Program Violates Federal Laws

 

On December 31, 2014, Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that Florida’s Medicaid program violated federal laws, including those pertaining to the EPSDT program and the requirement in 42 U.S.C. section 1396a(30)(A) that providers be sufficiently compensated to ensure access by Medicaid recipients to services equal to others in the same geographical area. [More]

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CMS Withdraws Its Free Care Policy

 

In a December 15, 2014 letter to state Medicaid directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance withdrawing its long-standing free care policy. Historically, with the exception of IEP/IFSP services, CMS refused Medicaid payments to school districts for covered services provided to Medicaid-enrolled students if the school district provided the services free to other students (called the “free care policy”). [More]

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Human Services Legislation in the 114th Congress

 

The 114th Congress was sworn in January 5, 2015 and will be in place until January 8, 2017. During this time, multiple bills and resolutions will be brought forward for discussion, hearings, and debate, possibly eventually becoming law. If the 114th follows in the tradition of the 113th there will be relatively few bills passed this year. Only 297 bills were passed and made into law during the 113th Congress – the lowest number since the Congress of 1947. [More]

 

US Virgin Islands Added to PCG Technology Consulting's Portfolio

 

The Government of the Virgin Islands (GVI) is developing and implementing a modernized Integrated Eligibility System that will facilitate enrollment into coverage and determine consumer eligibility for all human services programs and subsidies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid and Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Territory consists of four islands physically located in the Caribbean between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean; St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and Water Island. The GVI has selected PCG to provide Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services through system implementation. [More]

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PCG Technology Consulting Continues to Add IT MSAs to its Portfolio across the Country

 

PCG Technology Consulting now has 18 state IT Blanket contracts across the country. The most recent addition followed the Tennessee Department of General Services (DGS) evaluation that saw PCG added to the DGS list of preferred IT vendors. TC now holds a contract for Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) services and for Systems Planning services with the state. This is the seventh state to select TC for its IV&V experience. [More]

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