Budget Resolutions Include Block Grants and Spending Cuts

The House of Representatives started the process last Tuesday when the Budget Committee unveiled its resolution.  It includes more than $5.5 trillion in cuts over 10 years.  It would do this by converting Medicaid into a block grant to states and reducing projected funding by $913 billion over that ten year period.  It would repeal the Affordable Care Act […]

Human Services Community Express Support For SSBG

On Friday, March 12, a number of groups spearheaded by the Child Welfare League of America, Generations United, the National Association of County Human Service Directors, Zero to Three, Easter Seals and the National Adult Protective Services Association, sent a letter to all members of Congress in support of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). The letter signed by […]

Education Vote Not Clear

The Senate HELP Committee continues its discussions of a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Reports are that HELP Committee Chair Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) would like a vote by April but the Senate will be out of session from March 28 through April 12 so in a best case scenario they will have to take […]

Congress Returns With Budget Fight and Then FY ‘16

Congress returns this week through the end of next month.  Front and center will be the expiration of funding for the Department of Homeland Security.  Funding will expire at the end of this month if the Congress can’t come up with a deal to extend it.  The House bill would tie any funding to provisions that would overrule the […]

Data Requirements On AFCARS Due Soon

HHS is receiving comments on a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) was published in the Federal Register on Monday, February 9, 2015.  The text of the NPRM can be found here in the Federal Register.

The NPRM includes changes made as a result of the enactment of the […]

HHS Seeks Comments On Data Collection in Child Welfare (AFCARS)

HHS is seeking comment on updates to the AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System)   In the announcement HHS indicates that the AFCARS need updating to incorporate statutory requirements since 1993; to implement statutory authority to assess penalties for noncompliant data submissions; to enhance the type and quality of information reported to ACF by modifying and expanding […]

President To Release Proposed Budget Today

The President will release his proposed budget this morning.  Some of the proposals have been leaked from the President and White House including his proposals to expand child care and the child care tax credit or the proposal to expand access to community colleges. Under the new proposal for child care, the President would provide significant increases to the […]

Amendment Would Address Medicaid Extended Access to Foster Youth

Last Wednesday Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) offered an amendment in a committee deliberation to assure Medicaid coverage for young people who had been in foster care.  Under the ACA a young person who exits foster care at 18 (or older) is covered by Medicaid to age 26.  There has been a complication with the provision because HHS has indicated […]

Senators Introduce Reauthorization of Homeless and Runaway Youth Act

On Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a bill to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). The program provides three different grants to community-based organizations to reach out to homeless youth on the streets, provide crisis intervention housing, basic life necessities, family interventions and longer-term housing options when necessary. These programs include […]

New Poverty Analysis and Recommendations By Children’s Defense Fund

On Tuesday, The Children’s Defense Fund released a new report called Ending Child Poverty Now  highlighting proposals they say could end child poverty, as defined by the Supplemental Poverty measure.  CDF argues that we can make this happen by investing another 2 percent of the federal budget to improve existing programs and policies that increase parental employment, make work […]