NGA calls for Congressional action on CHIP renewal

On May 11, 2017, the National Governors Association (NGA) released a letter to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce calling for Congressional action to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five more years. The letter is signed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, NGA Chair, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, NGA Vice-Chair for Health and Human Services. [More]

1332 Waivers Will Allow State-Specific Variation to Health Care Reform Efforts

State Innovation Waivers authorized under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act will allow state-specific variations to health insurance marketplace rules. This PCG report, prepared for the Policy Innovations Committee of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board, examines the role that so called ‘1332 Waivers’ could play in shaping future Arkansas health care reforms. [More]

New Study Measures Importance of Health Coverage

The Annals of Internal Medicine, a distinguished publication of the American College of Physicians, issued a study on May 5, 2014 showing that Massachusetts health care reform was associated with a statistically significant reduction in all-cause mortality (- 2.9 percent, p = 0.003, equivalent to a decrease of 8.2 deaths/100,000 adults) and an even more robust reduction in mortality from causes amenable to health care interventions such as infections, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and kidney disease (- 4.5 percent, p < 0.001). [More]

PCG to Conduct Intermediate Medicaid Training for HSFo

Join the National Association of State Human Services Finance Officers (HSFo) and Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) for a two and a half day Intermediate Medicaid course in May in Raleigh, NC. Topics will include Medicaid financing and the impact of health care reform on states and state agencies. Details are located at www.hsfo.com under “dates.” Spots are limited so please sign up soon! The course is open to HSFo member and non-member state agencies. [More]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Health Care Financing Reform Bill

On May 17, the Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2260, which seeks to improve quality of care and reduce overall health costs in the Commonwealth through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation. The legislation aims to reduce Massachusetts health costs by $150 billion over 15 years. It passed the Senate on a 35-2 vote. It contains wellness, preventive care, care coordination, global payment, and medical malpractice reform provisions comparable but not identical to the House bill (H. 4070) introduced on May 4. [More]

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Issues Health Care Reform Report

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nationally recognized non-profit research organization, has released an excellent report that analyses the financial impact on the Commonwealth of the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law, Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006. As a result of Chapter 58, over 98 percent of Massachusetts residents have health coverage, access to needed care has improved, and the percentage of Massachusetts employers offering coverage to their workers has increased. [More]

PCG To Assist State of CA with Health Care Reform Project

Boston, MA, January, 2012 – PCG Health was recently selected as the state of California’s Health Care Options (HCO) Program consultant. HCO coordinates activities in the managed care counties that include outreach, oversight of beneficiary education, and processing plan enrollment and disenrollments. PCG will help the program to define a business model to ensure that its Enrollment Broker contract has the ability to accommodate health care reform changes to Medi-Cal over the coming years. For more information, contact pcghealth@publicconsultinggroup.com.

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Ohio Launches Initiative on Health Care Payment Reform

Governor John Kasich’s Office of Health Transformation announced on January 9 that it is launching an initiative in partnership with Ohio stakeholders to change Ohio’s public and private health care business models from those based on volume of services to those based on value and performance. As part of that effort, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced that Ohio’s Medicaid program is considering, in order to more effectively drive reforms in Ohio’s health care delivery system, pay-for-performance standards aligned with those of other major health care purchasers such as the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), GE, Xerox, 3M, FedEx, and eBay. [More]

Hawaii Awards 2nd Health Care Reform Project to PCG

Boston, MA, January, 2012 – The Hawaii Department of Human Services MedQuest Division (Medicaid) has awarded a contract to PCG to assist the state in obtaining a new Medicaid eligibility system that is compliant with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The scope of work includes gathering and documenting Medicaid eligibility business processes and systems requirements, with an initial goal of replacing the legacy Medicaid eligibility system. PCG was also recently selected as Hawai’I’s Health Benefits Exchange consultant in a separate procurement. For more information, contact pcghealth@publicconsultinggroup.com.

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