Most recently, there have been media reports that UnitedHealthcare a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group would no longer participate in the Arkansas, Georgia, and Michigan exchange markets starting in Though United is a large, established insurer in the employer-based insurance market, it has been cautious about entering the ACA marketplaces, only participating in a handful of states in before expanding its reach in and
Family First is a landmark child welfare law that aligns with the principle that children do best in families. Although Family First addresses an array of services and programs, this brief summary focuses solely on the several provisions specifically important for grandfamilies.
These provisions take effect on October 1, with some exceptions as noted below in this summary. Allows for federal reimbursement for prevention services and programs For the first time, this Act will allow federal child welfare dollars to be used for up to 12 months of services and programs to prevent children from entering foster care by supporting the triad of generations in grandfamilies - children, kinship caregivers and parents.
This includes children whose adoption or guardianship is at risk of disruption or dissolution. Children and families can receive these services more than once if the child is again identified as a candidate for foster care. The prevention services and programs include: This federal support is available regardless of whether the children for whom the services are being accessed meet certain income eligibility requirements for Title IV-E foster care funding.
By April 1,each state must report to HHS on the following: An important component of the appropriate use of QRTPs is the need to maintain family connections. As part of the assessment to determine if a QRTP placement is necessary, the placement preferences of the family must be considered, and children must be placed with their siblings unless it is not in their best interest.
If the placement preferences of the family are not followed, the reasons must be documented as part of that assessment process.
|Gender pay gap has narrowed, but changed little in past decade||Endnotes A substantial body of research has investigated effects of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ACA on coverage; access to care, utilization, affordability, and health outcomes; and various economic measures. This issue brief summarizes findings from studies of the impact of state Medicaid expansions under the ACA published beginning in January when the coverage provisions of the ACA went into effect and updates earlier versions of this brief with studies through February|
|Analysis of UnitedHealth Group’s Premiums and Participation in ACA Marketplaces||Prior to the TANF block grant, families in need received cash assistance through the Aid to Families with Dependent Children AFDC program, under which federal funds matched half or more of every dollar of cash assistance that a state provided to a needy family. Under a block grant, proponents argued, states could shift the funds freed up when families left welfare for work to child care or other work supports, where need would increase.|
|NPR Choice page||By Nikki GrafAnna Brown and Eileen Patten The gender gap in pay has narrowed sincebut it has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years or so. Based on this estimate, it would take an extra 47 days of work for women to earn what men did in|
Improves Interstate Placements The Act expedites interstate placement of children in foster care, adoption or guardianship by requiring states to use an electronic interstate case-processing system by no later than October for exchanging related data and documents.
Extends child and family services programs The Act extends funding for five years fiscal years for two critical service programs for children and families in the child welfare system-- The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program and The Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program.
Improves the John H.
Chafee Foster Care Independence Program The Act extends to age 23 the financial, housing, counseling, employment, education, and other appropriate supports and services to former foster care youth. It further extends eligibility to age 26 for Education and Training Vouchers.
Reauthorizes the Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Program The Act reauthorizes for five years the Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payment program, which allows states to receive incentive payments based on improvements in increasing exits from foster care to adoption or kinship guardianship.Print or download your customized legal document in minutes or less with LawDepot.
Create forms for Real Estate, Business, Estate, and more. With that in mind, WalletHub compared more than U.S. cities based on 46 key metrics that consider essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation.
A key feature of the overhaul of the nation’s cash assistance system was turning funding over to the states and giving them broad flexibility on using the funds through the creation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.
of States have enacted laws increas-ing the types of offenders and offens- little or no general deterrent effect. This Bulletin reviews all of the extant research on the general and specific state analysis for the years to In the United States, the average desired family size is two children.
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