NY Medicaid Selects PCG as Medicaid Reform Independent Assessor

 

Albany, NY, August, 2014 – The New York Department of Health recently awarded PCG Health a contract to serve as Independent Assessor for its Medicaid reform efforts. In April, 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York State’s waiver, allowing it to redesign its Medicaid system through its new Department of Health Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. [More]

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ED Announces Grant Awards to Reduce AP Exam Fees for Low-Income Students

 

In an August 12, 2014 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it has awarded a total of $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands to defray most of the costs of advanced placement (AP) exams for low-income high school students. With the awards, the grantees will be able to reduce the $89 AP exam fee to $18 per exam. The grant program is intended to encourage low-income students to take AP exams to qualify for enrollment in AP high school courses for which they can obtain college credit and, potentially, reduce the time and expense for a college degree. [More]

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CA Judge Rules that EL Students Are Denied Equal Access to Education

 

On August 12, 2014, a California (CA) superior court judge ruled that the CA education system failed to provide English Learner (EL) services to EL students, depriving them of an equal educational opportunity as required by state and federal laws. The lawsuit was filed against the state by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California on behalf of three EL students. [More]

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ED and HHS Announce Preschool Grant Competition

 

In an August 13, 2014 joint press release, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of applications for the $250 million Preschool Grants competition. ED and HHS will jointly administer the program, which is intended to support states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in developing high-quality preschools to serve children from low- and moderate-income families in high-needs communities. [More]

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PCG, NAWB Present WIOA Overview: Driving Innovation, Collaboration, and Performance

 

The primary piece of legislation governing the public workforce system was reauthorized on July 22, 2014 as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). PCG, in partnership with the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), has put together an overview document that describes the key changes and opportunities for local WIBs present in the new legislation. [More]

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HHS Report Shows ACA Impact on Medicaid Enrollments

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released on August 8, 2014 a report showing that 26 jurisdictions (25 states and the District of Columbia) which implemented Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by June 2014 saw on average a 18.50 percent increase in Medicaid/CHIP enrollments for June 2014, as compared to their average monthly enrollments in a July – September 2013 baseline period. States which had not implemented Medicaid expansion saw on average a 4.01 percent increase as compared to their 2013 baselines. Aggregating data for all states shows a 12.43 percent increase overall as compared to 2013 baselines. Total reported Medicaid/CHIP enrollments as of June 2014 reached 66,112,314. [More]

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RWJF Releases Reports on the Uninsured and Medicaid Expansion

 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Urban Institute Health Policy Center released on July 29, 2014 a report entitled, “Who Are the Remaining Uninsured as of June 2014?” The report shows socio-economic, demographic, and geographic shifts in the composition of the uninsured population from September 2013 to June 2014, points-in-time before and after the Medicaid expansion in some states and the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The national data in the report may help states formulate innovative outreach, consumer assistance, and enrollment strategies for 2015 and beyond taking into account the changing attributes of the remaining uninsured. State-specific data not available in that report can be used to supplement the data in the report. [More]

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California Health Exchange Shows 4.2 Percent 2015 Premium Increase

 

Covered California, the nation’s largest state-based health insurance Exchange, released data on July 31, 2014 showing a 4.2 percent average rate of increase in premiums for health plans in 2015. The California Exchange has tentatively selected ten health insurance companies for the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. The 4.2 percent increase is an overall weighted average that takes into account the statistical distribution of enrollees in 2014 as well as differences in premium rates among the ten companies, the types of plans (PPOs, HMOs, etc.) offered by each company, cost-sharing options available to consumers under each plan, other actuarial variables (such as enrollee age) allowed in premium rate setting for enrollees, and 19 geographic rating areas in California. [More]

 

US Department of Justice Requests Review of Adverse Judgment Concerning ACA Subsidies

 

On Friday, August 1, 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the full (11 Justices) panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the divided decision of a 3-judge panel, which held that subsidies “can be provided only in states that have set up their own” Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges. [More]

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ED Provides Guidance for LEA Communication about Student Data Privacy

 

In a July 25, 2014 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced new guidance to assist local education agencies (LEA) to inform parents and students about the collection and use of student data. ED Secretary Arne Duncan said, “Now more than ever, schools need data to monitor academic progress and develop successful teaching strategies. At the same time, parents need assurance that their children’s personal information is being used responsibly. This guidance helps schools strike a balance between the two.” [More]

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