Unselecting a Plan on Healthcare.gov

 

PCG is working in several states to assist with the implementation of consumer assistance programs that support state health insurance exchange efforts. This puts the firm in a unique position to be aware of issues and policy changes affecting front-line navigators and in-person assisters on the ground. [More]

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Oregon Study Shows Uptick in ER Visits Post-Expansion

 

A State of Oregon study which showed that emergency department visits increased after Medicaid expansion has spurred a lot of discussion. This is not welcome news to states that are expanding Medicaid via the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]

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PCG, WestEd Launch Online Professional Development for the Common Core

 

San Francisco, CA, January, 2013 – Public Consulting Group and WestEd today announced the launch of Pepper, which provides self-paced, online professional development for educators implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS). [More]

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HIX hardship waiver process explained for #HIXAssisters

 

Feds grant hardship waivers to those with cancelled policies. Good policy; clunky process. We called the help line. Here is what you need to do: Go to healthcare.gov and type in “cancelled plans” in the search box, and select “What if my individual health insurance plan is changing or being cancelled?” [More]

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Sen. Grassley Introduces “The Sibling Connection Act”

 

Senate Bill 1786, which encourages the placement of children in foster care with siblings, was read on the Senate floor and referred to the Senate Finance Committee. [More]

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Senate Finance Committee Presents a Markup of The Supporting At-Risk Children Act of 2013

 

As the 113th Congress draws to an end, Chairman Max Baucus of the Senate Finance Committee has prepared a markup of new legislation that incorporates multiple aspects of other proposed bills that have not left committee. The unique issue at hand with a “markup” is that it propels legislation toward passage on a faster track. [More]

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DHHS Announces ACA Funding to Expand Mental Health Services

 

On December 10, 2013, DHHS announced $50 million in funding under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to expand mental health services in approximately 200 Community Health Centers nationwide. [More]

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Iowa Wins CMS Approval of Private Insurance Medicaid Expansion

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified Governor Terry Branstad on December 10, 2013 that it has approved a three year demonstration waiver under which the Iowa Department of Human Services may expand Medicaid for 100,000 Iowans aged 19-64, with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), mainly by offering premium assistance for them to select qualified health plans (QHPs) offered through the Exchange. [More]

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ED Announces the Winners of the Second RTT-D Competition

 

In a December 17, 2013 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced five winners in the second round of the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition. [More]

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DHHS Awards $55.5 Million to Bolster Health Care Workforce

 

To help prevent added strain on the health care workforce from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on December 5, 2013 awarded $55.5 million in grants to help augment health care workers. [More]

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