Senate Healthcare Bill Faces Several Hurdles

A Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report issued on December 11 warned "that costs will keep going up" under the Senate healthcare bill and that proposed Medicare savings "could lead to cuts in services". The report did say that the bill "would provide coverage to 93 percent of US residents, reducing the number of uninsured people by about 33 million". [More]

Pressures Mounting for State Child Welfare Agencies

With the unemployment rates the highest in the last 26 years, the impact on child welfare agencies has been dramatic. The number of abuse and neglect complaints has increased by 35 percent in most metropolitan areas and the number of removals has also soared for many states. Child advocates have voiced concern in states where the child fatality rate for cases of abuse and neglect have doubled or tripled over previous years. [More]

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]