Congress Passes Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Legislation

The Senate has passed H.R. 4980, a compilation of many versions and iterations of legislation that was introduced in the House and the Senate. The current version was passed by the House of Representatives on July 23, 2014 by unanimous voice vote, but failed to pass the Senate on the following day. In late night negotiations on September 18, the Senate was able to pass the measure by unanimous support. [More]

Report Shows ACA Impact on Uncompensated Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) released a report on September 24, 2014 showing the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on hospitals’ uncompensated care (bad debts and charity care for the uninsured). The report offers the first evidence that 2014 enrollments in qualified health plans (QHPs) through health insurance Exchanges along with Medicaid expansions in 25 states and the District of Columbia are starting to reverse the growth in the cost of uncompensated care. [More]

More Insurers Joining Exchanges in 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) announced on September 23, 2014 a net 25 percent increase in the number of private health insurers in Exchanges in 2015. Preliminary data on 44 states show that 248 health insurers will offer qualified health plans (QHPs) through 36 federal Exchanges in 2015, versus 191 in those 36 Exchanges in 2014; 67 health insurers will offer QHPs in 8 state-based Exchanges in 2015, versus 61 in those Exchanges in 2014. [More]

PCG Technology Consulting Wins DHCS Enterprise Project Manager

In August, PCG TC won a contract to provide Enterprise Project Manager Services for the Department of Health Care Services California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention System (CalHEERS) Project. Enterprise Project Manager Jojo Thomas (TC - Sacramento) will provide all standard project management processes (e.g., schedule management, risk management, issue management, quality assurance, change management, resources management and configuration management.)

Specifically, the enterprise project manager will manage the work teams throughout the department. In addition, the enterprise project manager will coordinate and liaise with Covered California, the CalHEERS project team, the Office of Systems Integration, and the counties to ensure that the policy, program, and technology teams and executives remain informed about and closely involved with the CalHEERS project. [More]

PCG Technology Consulting Contract Extension with Delaware Department of Health & Social Services

The Delaware Department of Health & Social Services (DE DHSS) has awarded PCG TC a contract extension, expanding the scope of IV&V services for the Delaware Eligibility Modernization (DEM) project.

The DEM project is the modernization of Delaware's Eligibility system, using an incremental approach to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and to integrate with the Federal Data Service Hub. The project originally consisted of four releases to meet the state's goals before October 2013. These four incremental releases are considered Part 1 of the project. A second part has been added to the project to incorporate 11 social services functions into the system and to decommission the mainframe applications while managing the overall risk of large scale organizational change. [More]

PCG Technology Consulting Continues Work with Arizona Corrections

PCG Technology Consulting (TC) recently extended its ongoing work with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) to provide assistance in implementing its new Offender Management System. For the past two years, TC has worked with the ADC to define its system requirements and procure a vendor to design, develop, and implement a new solution to replace its aging COBOL legacy system. PCG has recently been awarded a contract to begin three more years of support to the ADC by providing Independent Assessment and Oversight Reporting to the ADC through June 30, 2017. [More]

Brookings Institution Issues Report on Geographic Variations in Health Care Expenditures

The Brookings Institution issued a report on September 11, 2014 entitled, “Why the Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending Can’t Tell Us Much about the Efficiency or Quality of Our Health Care System.” Brookings has used state-wide statistics and state-wide per capita health care expenditure data to run econometric models which show that per capita variations in health spending among states (after adjustments for differences among states in price levels) might be almost fully accounted for by cross-state variations in population health statistics and demographic statistics. [More]

Contract Extension with Nevada Healthcare Exchange and Division of Welfare & Supportive Services

In 2012, the state of Nevada initiated two projects to support the Affordable Care Act - one that would result in a new business rules engine to store all of the eligibility rules for publicly-subsidized health coverage programs at the Department of Health and Human Services ($23M for design, development, and implementation), and another that would provide the technical infrastructure for an online marketplace and customer service center to support the operations of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange ($72M for design, development, and implementation). [More]

PCG Technology Consulting Wins More Work with California SAWS Consortia Projects

PCG Technology Consulting (PCG TC) was recently awarded a contract to provide Enterprise Technical Assessment Services for the California Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS) consortia projects and their interfaces with the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention System (CalHEERS) and the Welfare Data Tracking Implementation Project (WDTIP) system. [More]

ED Proposes Revisions to SIG Requirements

On September 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published in the Federal Register proposed revisions to the requirements for the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The SIG program was initiated in 2010 to provide grants to state education agencies (SEA) to support rigorous interventions to turn around the states’ persistently lowest-achieving schools. SEAs that receive SIG grants competitively sub-grant the funds to local education agencies (LEA), giving priority to the lowest-achieving LEAs with the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to substantially increasing the achievement of their students. [More]