States Elect High Risk Pool Options

Twenty-eight states have advised the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that they will enter into agreements to work with HHS to operate state high-risk pools under provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), offering stopgap coverage to uninsured adults with pre-existing conditions. Fifteen states informed HHS that they will not work with HHS on this. [More]

Child Care Funding and Utilization in the News

American Public Human Services Association (APSHA) sent a letter to the White House last week, urging reconsideration of the President’s proposal to divert $400 million from the Child Care Block Grant (CCBG) to create the Early Learning Challenge Fund. Advocates believe that the President’s proposed increase of $1.6 billion should be retained fully for the support of operating the Child Care and Development Fund. Since 2002, the CCBG has had no increases in funding levels to coincide with the increases of inflation. [More]

Fostering Success in Education Act (S. 2801)

Since passing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act (FCSIAA), child welfare directors have voiced their frustration in being required to ensure the educational stability of children coming into foster care in school systems in which they have no control. FCIAA mandated that children be allowed to remain in the school of origin. [More]

Congress Proposes Additional $23 Billion for Education Programs

Even after receiving billions of dollars in stimulus funds, many states and local education agencies (LEA) across the country are projecting massive budget shortfalls for the 2010-11 school year. Many LEAs are looking at budget cuts for next school year that include huge numbers of layoffs of teachers and other staff members. [More]

States Analyze High Risk Pool Options

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a letter to Governors and insurance commissioners on April 2 asking for state decisions on whether, and exactly how, they will participate in a $5 billion high risk pool program created under the health care reform law to offer immediate health insurance coverage for persons who have been denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. [More]