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Trump Signs Human Trafficking Executive Order

At the end of January, President Trump signed an executive order outlining new strategies and approaches to combat human trafficking and online child exploitation. The order creates a new position within the administration that will spearhead efforts against trafficking and coordinate those efforts across the executive branch. The secretary of state, under the executive order, will gather and proliferate resources for combating human trafficking, while also helping to improve methodologies for measuring the extent of trafficking nationwide. The executive order also charges the attorney general with information gathering and law enforcement responsibilities around online child sexual abuse and exploitation. The attorney general will also step up efforts to locate missing children, particularly foster children, who are trapped in, or vulnerable to, child trafficking.

New FAQs Available on Family First Federal Clearinghouse Website

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse recently released seven answers to frequently asked questions. The clearinghouse is part of the Administration for Children and Families, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is charged with scrutinizing and rating programs and services aimed at keeping children with their families in a safe environment.

  • Can a program or service be rereviewed?
  • Can an individual study of a program or service be re-reviewed?
  • How does the clearinghouse review programs or services with more than 15 eligible studies?
  • How are program or service adaptations reviewed?
  • Do you have an estimated timeline to complete the review of programs and services planned for systematic review?
  • Can the clearinghouse tell me why the program or service I have recommended has not yet been selected for review?
  • What kinds of quasi-experimental designs are eligible for review by the clearinghouse?

House of Representatives Voices Opposition to Administration’s New Medicaid Guidance

On a virtually party-line vote, the House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution condemning the administration’s new Healthy Adult Opportunity program, which gives states more freedom and flexibility to experiment with their Medicaid programs in exchange for receiving Federal support in the form of block grants. The program has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks.

Democrats argue that the executive branch does not have the power to create such a seismic change without legislative approval. Low-income advocates point out that the program will starve state Medicaid budgets and lead to higher rates of uninsured. The resolution is not binding and is unlikely to affect attitudes in the GOP-controlled Senate. In related news, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the administration’s attempts to implement work requirements into the Medicaid program, arguing that these requirements are not in line with Medicaid’s objective of providing health coverage to the poor.

Source: The Hill

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