Top 10 Things to Know as you submit your Planning APD for HIT Planning

On Friday, November 13, PCG Health and Human Services hosted a Webinar entitled, “Ten Things You Need to Know to Maximize Federal Participation for Health Information Exchange (HIE) Funding.” Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) funding for state Medicaid programs to plan and implement health information exchanges (HIEs) is now available at the 90 percent level. [More]

Congressional Watch

Yesterday, the Subcommittee of Healthy Families and Communities held a hearing in support of the re-authorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) grant. National experts who have implemented provisions of the CAPTA - the Basic State grants, the Community Based Prevention grants and the Research and Demonstration grants - attended and spoke. [More]

States' Roles in Federal Health Care Reform

The latest versions of health care reform legislation in the U.S. House (H.R. 3962) and Senate (S. 1796) continue to show that states will be in the forefront of implementation of reform within broad federal requirements. The House could pass H.R. 3962 as soon as November 7. Senate action on S. 1796 is uncertain but may occur by December 15. [More]

House Democrats Unveil $894 Billion Healthcare Reform Package

On October 29, House Democrats unveiled the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962), a 1,990-page bill that blends and updates three versions of previous bills passed by House committees. The $894 billion healthcare reform package will cover 96 percent of Americans; and, according to a news release by the Committee on Ways and Means, is fully paid for. At the unveiling of the bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) noted that the bill would immediately close the so-called "donut-hole" in Medicare Part D. [More]