Kaiser Report Identifies Medicaid Coverage Gaps But Progress with Medicaid Technology Systems

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, an entity within the Kaiser Family Foundation, published on January 23, 2013 (Publication Number 8401) its 12th annual 50-state survey of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility, enrollment, and cost-sharing policies. The study identified many gaps in Medicaid coverage across the U.S. On the positive side, the survey showed that coverage for children and pregnant women was stable. However, it showed that adults with no dependent children qualify for benefits in only nine states, and eligibility for adults with children was often far below the poverty line. [More]

House Education and the Workforce Committee Outlines Agenda for Education

House Education and the Workforce Committee Outlines Agenda for Education

On January 22, 2013, the House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee held its first organizational meeting in the 113th Congress. The Committee Chair, Representative John Kline (R-MN), outlined the Committee’s legislative agenda for education in the months ahead. In his remarks, Representative Kline stated that reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act remains a top priority, as it was in the 112th Congress; “It is our shared responsibility to craft thoughtful policies that will enhance state and local control, encourage innovation and flexibility, and end the administration’s convoluted waivers scheme.” He expressed the need to address the nation’s higher education system and enhance transparency with regard to student loans. He also said that he anticipates a robust conversation about ways to better protect students in the aftermath of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut that resulted in the killing of 20 first grade students and six school employees. In a January 16 statement, Representative Kline said that he will carefully review President Obama’s January 16 plan for reducing gun violence, which includes reinforcing background checks for all gun sales, banning military-style assault weapons, enhancing school security, and improving access to mental health services.

PCG Education Awarded Indiana Statewide Common Core Project

Indianapolis, IN, January, 2013 – The Indiana Department of Education recently awarded PCG Education a contract to provide technical assistance with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students with disabilities. PCG will provide local education agencies with guidance, support, and technical assistance for implementation of the CCSS for children with disabilities in order to meet the unique needs of these students and to improve their educational outcomes. [More]

PCG Health Helps Client State Obtain Level I Funding for Health Insurance Exchange

Boston, MA, January, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1.5 billion to states to support health insurance marketplace building efforts. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that each state have a health insurance exchange (Exchange) operating beginning in 2014. Among the grants awarded, the state of Delaware, a PCG Health client, has received two Level One Exchange Establishment Grants. [More]

PCG Advisory Services to Perform Business Process Review for Sandwell Council

January, 2013, London – Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has awarded PCG Advisory Services a contract to conduct a business process review with its Adult Social Care unit. Sandwell Council is required to identify significant savings within this unit over the next few years. The PCG project goal is to help deliver the required savings while still ensuring that the customer experience and quality of services remain paramount. For more information, contact info@publicconsultinggroup.com. [More]

Missouri Awards Early Childhood Resources Study to PCG Human Services

January, 2013, Boston, MA – The Missouri Department of Social Services awarded PCG Human Services a project to formulate a fiscal analysis of federal, state, and local resources that can be used to support the state’s early childhood system. For more information, contact pcghumanservices@publicconsultinggroup.com. [More]

Michigan DHS Awards CAP Project to PCG Human Services

Boston, MA, January, 2013 – The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) recently awarded PCG Human Services a cost allocation plan (CAP) project to update the DHS CAP narrative, including reviewing all random moment time study (RMTS) and 100% time tracking processes and negotiating the department’s CAP amendment with the Division of Cost Allocation. [More]