Education Reform Initiatives Are Underway

Recent initiatives in education reflect national movement toward education reform as reflected in President Barack Obama’s blueprint for education reform and the U.S. Department of Education’s standards for the Race to the Top (RTT) competition. [More]

New York Announces Health Care Reform Leadership Group

Governor David Paterson established a Health Care Reform Cabinet on May 13 to coordinate and lead New York’s implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This organization will be chaired by the Governor’s Director of State Operations, assisted by the Deputy Secretary for Health, Medicaid, and Oversight as well as the Deputy Secretary for Labor and Financial Regulation, serving as vice-chairpersons. [More]

Round Two of the Race to the Top Competition Begins

Applications from 35 states and the District of Columbia have been submitted for the second round of the Race to the Top (RTT) competition as of the June 1, 2010 deadline. Several states that participated in the first round, but did not win awards, elected not to submit applications for the second round. [More]

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]