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]

Child Welfare - State and Federal Landscape

As state agencies continue to grapple with balancing the 2010 state budgets, the idea of planning for 2011 is a distant haunting challenge. Almost every state in the country is experiencing significant shortfall and large revenue declines. Each state is examining the best response to growing gaps between the revenue being generated and the committed budget allocations for mandatory grant programs. [More]

CMS Announces Medicaid Health IT Planning Awards to Twelve States

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced nearly $16 million in awards to twelve states on February 26 for proposed state Medicaid planning activities that are needed to implement provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) on Medicaid payment incentives to providers for the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. [More]