Washington Insider: August 2010
President Barack Obama yesterday, August 10, signed legislation, HR 1586, that continues heightened federal payments to states for Medicaid. The additional assistance provides $16.1 billion to states through a continued adjustment to the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage.
The change also continues heightened payments to states under Title IV-E. The new law continues the heightened federal percentage for an additional six months through June 30, 2011.
The law, which also contains $10 billion in education assistance, should help states with existing budgetary pressures more generally. … more
About the Author
Katherine Astrich is senior vice president of public policy and mobilization for the Alliance and UNCA.
She previously worked as a consultant for The Lewin Group, a national health and human services consulting firm. She has advocated for Medicaid, early education, and workforce assistance programs that benefit vulnerable children and families.
Her expertise includes regulatory and information collection policy. She also has eight years of experience working for the Office of Management and Budget. ... more
About the Author
Cecilia Fiermonte is director of child welfare policy at the Alliance. An attorney, she previously was assistant director at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, advocating for policy change and providing training and technical assistance.
She also previously:
- Supervised the child welfare program of the County Attorney's Office in Wyoming County, N.Y.
- Worked in research and evaluation at the Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children
- Represented children in family court matters ... more