Washington Insider: Medicaid Reimbursement

Effects of the Government Shutdown on Human Services

As we move through the first week of the government shutdown many are concerned about the effects on grants and other resources needed to provide essential human services. What follows is a short summary of the shutdown effects on major grant programs. Federal agencies' shutdown contingency plans are available online through the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. … more

Webinar: EPSDT, Behavioral Health and Foster Kids

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Center for Medicaid and Chip Services (CMCS) are encouraging child welfare administrators and providers to participate in an upcoming webinar June 19, 2013 from 1-2:30 p.m. CT.

Here is the formal invitation: … more

CMS Innovation Grants for Foster Care Population

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a funding opportunity that identifies children in foster care as a target population. This second round of Health Care Innovation Grants will go to public and private organizations that enact a payment model design that is consistent with a new service delivery model that reduces costs and improves outcomes for Medicare, CHIP and Medicaid enrollees. … more

Sign-on Letter for Home and Community Based Waivers

The Alliance for Children and Families and member agency Youth Villages are circulating a sign-on letter for The Children’s Mental Health Accessibility Act, S.3289.

It allows states to use Medicaid waivers to serve children and youth in their homes and communities, rather than in psychiatric residential treatment centers. … more

Supreme Court Upholds Most of the Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court today in National Federation of Independent Business vs. Sebelius upheld the main provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), finding that Congress did not exceed their Constitutional authority in passing the legislation. Chief Justice Roberts joined Justices Bader Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan in forming the court’s majority. Justice Kennedy, thought by some to be the “swing vote,” sided with Scalia, Thomas, and Alito in dissenting to the upholding of the law. … more

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