Sen. Hatch Introduces Youth at Risk Legislation

Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced legislation that tackles multiple issues that have been emerging in hearings before the Senate Finance Committee. The legislation, Senate Bill 1518, entitled, “Improving Outcomes for Youth At Risk of Sex Trafficking Act of 2013,” addresses the need to provide attention to this growing population of children. Mr. Hatch identifies this population as an epidemic of abuse and refers to sex trafficking as a form of modern day slavery. In his presentation to the Senate on September 18, 2013 Hatch said, “The risk of sex trafficking is compounded every year for up to 30,000 young people who are ``emancipated'' from foster care. Too many of these emancipated youth turn 18, pack their few belongings in a trash bag, and are driven to a homeless shelter, leaving them vulnerable and exposed to traffickers and other predators.” [More]

Adoption Incentive Program Expires September 30, 2013

On September 17, 2013 Democratic Senators Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey introduced legislation entitled, “Removing Barriers to Adoption and Supporting Families Act of 2013” that would extend the authorization of the adoption incentive program to 2018. The legislation introduced is not consistent with proposed bi-partisan legislation discussed in recent weeks. In addition to extending the authority for the adoption incentive program, the bill [More]

MT DPHHS Awards Affordable Care Act IV&V Project to PCG Technology Consulting

Sacramento, CA, September, 2013 – The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) recently awarded PCG Technology Consulting (PCG TC) a project to provide Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the initial project phase, PCG TC will validate the DPHHS testing efforts in accordance with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements and issuing attestation letters. PCG TC will then provide ongoing IV&V services on a period basis as the DPHHS implements its enhanced integrated eligibility system [More]

HHS Proposes Rules on State Operated Basic Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published proposed rules in the September 25, 2013 Federal Register on state administration of optional “Basic Health Plans” (BHPs) authorized under section 1331 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This optional state program can be made available for state residents with household incomes between 133 percent and 200 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL) who would otherwise be eligible to enroll in qualified health plans (QHPs) offered through Exchanges. States electing the BHP option may competitively procure two or more BHP plans, which may include fee-for-service or capitated plans. [More]

Education Week Reviews Impact of Sequestration and a Budget Shutdown

On September 25, 2013, Education Week published an online review of the impact of sequestration and the potential federal government shutdown on education programs. As big financial losers under sequestration, Education Week identified Title I, special education, Head Start, and Impact Aid. While there is still time for Congress to avoid a government shutdown on September 30, the impact of a shutdown of the U.S. Department of Education on state and local education agencies remains unclear. [More]

PCG Education Begins Strategic Planning Project for CA School District

San Francisco, CA, September, 2013 – PCG Education recently began a strategic planning project with the Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD). CUSD is a multi-lingual district located just outside San Francisco. PCG Education will facilitate data collection and analysis as the district lays the foundation for a new three-to-five-year strategic plan. [More]

City of Lodz Awards EU-Funded Contract to PCG

Lodz, Poland, September, 2013 – The City of Lodz, Poland recently awarded a contract to Public Consulting Group’s PCG International division to provide overall project management, training, and other services necessary to deliver special education services to 93 elementary schools in Lodz. The project is part of a government-run program started in 2010 – Individualization of Education in Grades I-III – and is funded entirely by the European Social Fund. [More]

Texas DSHS Awards Contract to PCG Technology Consulting

Sacramento, CA, September, 2013 – The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has awarded PCG Technology consulting a project to document business rules, functional requirements, system design documents, and to develop the most appropriate implementation strategy, approach, and process to set the foundation for the development of the Health Screening and Case Management Unit’s (HSCMU’s) Case Management and Provider Relations Regional Reporting System. [More]