New Push in California for Later Middle, High School Start Times—EdSource

The author of a previously vetoed bill last year proposing starting middle and high school later to give teens more time to sleep is working to bring it back again this year. It is slated to be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, April 14, 2019. If passed, it would go into effect in July 2022, for the 2022/23 school year. Though research is mixed on whether or not later...

Pending CMS Guidance on Medicaid Block Grants: Executive Overreach Strikes Again—Center for Children and Families

It has been reported that CMS is developing guidance to encourage states to pursue a new “block grant” or “per capita” cap on federal Medicaid funding through Section 1115 waiver requests. And sure enough, this “Dear State Medicaid Director” letter has appeared on the Office of Management and Budget’s website signaling that it is under review by the White House. For a...

Governor Newsom Has Signed His First State Budget. See What’s In There—California Healthline

Below is the summary by California Healthline in their Daily Edition, of the newly signed California State Budget. See the full article in the Los Angeles Times here. The $214.8-billion budget Gov. Gavin Newsom signed, which is the largest in state history, will cut costs for some Californians and raise taxes on others through a sweeping set of new policies ranging from ending sales taxes on...

Proposal to Change Poverty Calculations Could Cause 30,000 to Lose Public Benefits in California—California Health Report

A Trump administration proposal to change one of the measurements to determine the federal poverty level, a move that could force tens of thousands of state residents to lose their public benefits of the next decade, has California advocacy groups on high alert. The proposal is to switch the calculations for the federal poverty level from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers to the...

U.S. Department of Education Releases Final “Supplement, Not Supplant” Guidance for School Districts

On June 20, 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released final non-regulatory guidance to support school districts’ compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement, and do not supplant, state and local funds. "Schools need to spend resources on what's best for students, not what's least likely to come up in an audit," said Secretary DeVos. The release of this final...

As More California Kids Drop Medi-Cal Coverage, Experts Seek Answers—California Health Report

More than 150,000 California children dropped out of federally funded health insurance programs in 2018, a trend some experts blame on the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies and efforts to upend the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in California’s low-income health program called Medi-Cal, and the low-cost Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) dropped 3 percent in 2018,...

State Medicaid and CHIP Snapshots, 2019

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created factsheets underscoring the importance of Medicaid in providing coverage for children in all 51 states (including the District of Columbia). Click here to see the most recent snapshots by state, as well as past snapshots.

National Research Project Needs Your Input

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is conducting research into school Medicaid programs across the country in an effort to collect data on how schools and districts leverage Medicaid billing for student health. If you are a program coordinator and would like to participate, or just learn more about the research project, follow the link below. The study takes just shy of 30 minutes to...