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Governors outline market stabilization strategy

On August 30, 2017, a bipartisan coalition of Governors issued a letter to Congress on steps needed to restore stability and affordability in coverage to 22 million Americans served through individual health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On August 30, 2017, a bipartisan coal...

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Senators introduce ACA repeal legislation

On September 13, 2017, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller, and Ron Johnson introduced legislation to scrap many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while imposing funding caps on the traditional Medicaid program. On September 13, 2017, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill ...

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The Demands of Foster Care

With increasing regularity, there is comment by publication, news article or editorial about the need for foster parents. Why? Because foster parents are an important partner of the child protection system; they provide care and safety to children who are unable to remain in their home environment. ...

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Congress takes steps to reauthorize CHIP

On October 4, 2017, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would reauthorize federal funding through FFY 2022 for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a program that currently serves over nine million low-income children. New funding authorization for CHIP expired on Septe...

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Improving outcomes with data and financial incentives around the world

Data driven decision making, long the norm in the private sector, is becoming prevalent in the public sector. This is true not only here at home, but also around the world as many countries grapple with how to improve outcomes while living within constrained budgets. Evidence-based policy making, us...

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Legislators Tour PCG Public Partnership’s Multi-Lingual Call Center

SEATTLE — Washington state lawmakers representing the state’s most ethnically diverse legislative district in the state recently toured PCG Public Partnership’s Multi-Lingual Call Center, learning more about the variety of language services available to Washington state agencies. “Helping people is ...

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Bipartisan Support for Child Protection Improvements Act Passes in the Senate

On October 16, 2017, the Child Protection Improvements Act (S. 705) was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Al Franken (D-MN) and was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent. This bill amends the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background ch...

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Bipartisan ACA stabilization plan emerges in Senate

On October 17, 2017, U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) announced an agreement in principle on a bipartisan bill that is under consideration within the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. If enacted, the bill would... On October 17, 2017, U.S. Senato...

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Major Health Policy Developments coming out of the Federal Administration

While Congressional efforts to change or repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to be stalled, the federal administration announced two significant health policy developments at the end of last week – an Executive Order aimed at promoting access to plans not subject to ...

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White House releases report on opioid crisis

On November 1, 2017, the White House released a report drafted by the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The report offers 56 recommendations for action by Congress, federal agencies, state governments, health care provider organizations, and health care payer...

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