Integrated Managed Care Model for Dual Eligibles in AZ Reduces Readmissions

Various media articles recently have raised questions about current efforts by states and the federal government to enroll individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid into managed care, citing states’ and plans’ lack of experience in delivering integrated care to this vulnerable, complex population. Since its 1982 inception, Arizona’s Medicaid program has required all participants to enroll in a Medicaid managed care plan. [More]

Tax Credit Issue Under ACA in Federally Affiliated Exchanges

In the aftermath of the historic Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one resulting legal dispute concerns whether tax credits will be available to otherwise eligible citizens in states which choose to have the federal government rather than the states themselves operate the required exchanges. In a thoughtful article by Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, the issue is well articulated and analyzed. [More]

CA Court Ruling Supports Parents in a “Parent Trigger” Case

California parents attempting to exercise the State’s 2010 “Parent Trigger Law” received a boost from a July 18, 2012 Superior Court ruling. The Parent Trigger Law empowers parents of children attending a persistently lowest-achieving school to require the local school district to implement the parents’ choice of one of four interventions, including converting the school into a charter school. [More]

New Revenue Opportunities for LEAs under ACA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) may present new revenue opportunities for local education agencies (LEAs). The ACA’s individual mandate requires most American citizens and non-citizen legal residents who do not receive health insurance through an employer or government program to purchase private health insurance by January 2014. As a result, many more families may have private insurance coverage, which could potentially be accessed by LEAs to help cover the cost of school-based health services provided to insured students. [More]

ED Approves Seven More NCLB Waiver Requests

In a July 19, 2012 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the approval of seven more requests for waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. The seven new approvals were for Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia. [More]

CEP Reviews Impact of Education Stimulus on Schools and States

On July 18, 2012, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) released a report on its study showing that federal stimulus funds saved education jobs and encouraged a common education reform agenda among states. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided approximately $840 billion in federal appropriations in an effort to stimulate the nation’s recessed economy. The stimulus included approximately $100 billion in appropriations for education programs, including the education of disadvantaged students and students with disabilities and new competitive grant programs to spur education reform and innovations. [More]

CMS Announces $112 Million Grant Opportunity for States

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a $112 million grant opportunity for states under section 2701 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on measuring and improving quality of care for adult Medicaid recipients (grants on improving quality of care for children have already been awarded under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA)). The new ACA grant opportunity was announced via www.grants.gov on July 13. [More]

DHHS Awards Hospital, Emergency Preparedness Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently awarded $971 million in grants for hospital and emergency preparedness for fiscal 2012, a less than 1% increase from the $965 million awarded in fiscal 2011. The award announcement indicated that for the first time the funding for the two programs are being made simultaneously with the intention of encouraging cooperation between the healthcare and the public health systems. [More]

Some States Consider Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion after Supreme Court Decision

Recent media reports indicate that a number of states are considering opting out of the Medicaid expansion called for under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In accordance with the majority opinion of the Supreme Court decision that held the Medicaid expansion provision of the ACA to be an optional rather than a mandatory program, the governors of Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, and South Carolina have signaled that they will seek to opt out of expanding the program. [More]

Wake County Public Schools Renews Student Success Planning Contract

Charlotte, NC, June 2012 – Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in North Carolina recently awarded a two-year renewal contract to PCG Education to continue to provide and support a comprehensive student success planning system to support the district’s 150,000 students, teachers, and administrators. The integrated solution includes special education management (EasyIEP™), PCG 504Plan™, Response to Intervention (RtI-Academic), Limited English Proficient, PEP, EasyFax™, and advanced reporting. [More]