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Description: New Leadership in the U.S. House | Health Co-ops Closing | Appalachia Rising | KY Election & OK Teacher Shortage

Public Policy Notes S outhe r n E a r ly C hild hood As s o ci a tio n New Leadership in the U.S. House modifying and controlling the federal budget. He has proposed modifications to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare and was a candidate for Vice-President in the last presidential election. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) (Mitt Romney was the presidential candidate.) cans and Speaker Ryan. Representative Brady is He brings a wealth of a 10-term congressional procedural experience veteran. I m honored to with him to the position lead this talented commitas Speaker and with Mr. tee because House RepubRyan s assumption of the licans and Speaker Paul position of Speaker a Ryan are advancing a propowerful Committee growth agenda to get this chairmanship was availa- country back on track. ble for new leadership. This includes taking real As chairman of the steps toward fixing this House Ways and Means broken tax code reforming Committee Ryan held a welfare saving Social Seposition of power and curity and Medicare for control over issues such the long term and enlargas tax health welfare ing America s economic and trade in the House. freedom to trade. Click here to read his full Representative Kevin statement. Brady of Texas has assumed the position of For more information Chair of the House Ways about the Speaker tranand Means Committee sition go to the with the support of his October issue of Public fellow House RepubliPolicy Notes. November 2015 Public Policy Notes Inside this issue Health Co-ops Closing Appalachia Rising 2 3 Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) KY Election & OK 4 Teacher Shortage In the October issue of Public Policy Notes we shared with you some of the drama that was unfolding in the U.S. House of Representatives as Speaker John Boehner prepared to leave Congress and the House moved to elect a new Speaker. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected Speaker and has assumed that role in the last month. From all indications the transition has been a fairly smooth one and the concerns of groups like the Freedom Caucus which was profiled in the October newsletter are being considered. Paul Ryan is known as a policy wonk who has routinely submitted plans for One Less Republican Candidate On November 18 2015 Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal withdrew from the race for the Republican presidential nomination. I ve come to the realization that this is not my time Jindal said in an interview on Fox News. Click here to read Jindal s thank you blog post. Health Insurance Co-ops The News Isn t Good The fall of 2015 has seen a wave of closings of the non-profit health care co-ops that were created under the Affordable Care Act. The year started with 23 co-ops across the nation before concerns about fiscal solvency caused regulatory action against 12 co-ops that will not be selling insurance next year. Persons with policies through those co-ops will need to find another insurer at the end of 2015. sicker patients who signed up with established carriers. At the same time that this risk sharing was implemented among carriers the federal government announced that insurers would get only a fraction of money from a program risk corridors that aims to ease financial risk. sending current policyholders back to the system to find other alternatives some of which may not be as affordable as the coverage initially purchased. If you need resources to share that explain what is happening and how to proceed you can find them for your state here. Kentucky Frequently Asked Questions for Kentucky Health Cooperative Members Look under Kentucky Health Cooperative Rehabilitation Louisiana The Office of Consumer Advocacy and Diversity is available to answer insurance questions. South Carolina FAQs Information for CCHP Members and Providers. Click here for access to the ACA information page on the website of the South Carolina Department of Insurance. Tennessee Tennessee CO-OP Community Health Alliance Voluntarily Enters Runoff This page on the Insurance Department s website includes answers to consumers questions concerning the closing of the Co-op. The open enrollment period began on November 1st and these former co-op members will have until December 31st to find new coverage. For Kentucky this meant that instead of the 77 million they were anticipating receiving they would receive 9.7 million a The co-ops were created under the shortfall too significant to overAffordable Care Act (Obamacare come. On October 9th Kenin popular jargon) and were detucky Health CO-OP announced signed to infuse competition low- its closure meaning that about er prices and provide a variety of 51 000 people in the state will choices for consumers. They need to shop for new coverage for were an alternative to corporate 2016. insurers and were designed to provide options on the insurance exIn Tennessee regulators anchanges. The initial operation was nounced the closure of Commufunded through about 2.4 billion nity Health Alliance which had in low-interest loans from the fedstopped selling policies in January eral government. 2015. Co-ops have failed or are being closed in Colorado Iowa Kentucky Louisiana New York Nevada Tennessee Oregon South Carolina Utah Arizona and Nebraska. The financial insolvency has been blamed to a great extent on the failure of a promised federal sharing program (risk adjustment formula). This component of the Affordable Care Act required companies that demonstrated revenue that exceeded expenses to pay fees to help cover the losses posed by Public Policy Notes On October 22 Consumers Choice of South Carolina was closed by regulators and 67 000 purchasers of policies through Consumers Choice will need to find new coverage for 2016. If you re interested in learning more about the details of this program you ll find a wealth of information in CO-OP Health Plans Patients Interests First. For many of the families with whom you work the move to close these co-ops has resulted in Appalachia Rising FINDINGS In comparison with the rest of the United States the student population in middle Appalachia is in general poorer less ethnically diverse and has a higher proportion of special education students. Employment indicators show a lower percentage of adults in the workforce a high percentage of whom work in extraction industries. States in the region are focused on students college and career readiness and research suggested improved high school graduation rates. There is a potential misalignment between high school career and technical education programs and career opportunities. Attracting and retaining school leaders and teachers to geographically remote school districts is difficult and concerns exist about whether native candidates may have had inadequate preparation to teach to rigorous standards. Local definitions of educator effectiveness go beyond academics to include the ability to build trusting relationships and support students in overcoming barriers to learning. CNA Education recently released a report Appalachia Rising that took a hard look at 275 research studies relevant to education conditions in middle Appalachia over the last 20 years. The report provides a summary of this research and includes a set of findings and implications for research and practice. Appalachia is a region that has experienced generational poverty and was the focus of many attempts to address the factors of geographic isolation poverty and depressed economies. The middle Appalachian region encompasses portions of Kentucky North Carolina Ohio Tennessee Virginia and West Virginia and is known for its rich cultural history. This report discusses five topics that are currently being debated in education circles today 1) career readiness 2) educator effectiveness 3) access to high quality curriculum and instruction 4) systemic capacity and 5) health and wellness. Volume 8 Issue 11 There is a need to build capacity at several levels of the education system. These include improving resource infrastructure forming regional partnerships and implementing systemic improvement initiatives. Childhood obesity and substance abuse are of increasing concern. Little research connects the role of schools to health and wellness in the region. According to the report the region mirrors the rest of America in the current focus on college and career readiness including an emphasis on more rigorous academic standards. Local initiatives are emerging that seek to reconcile attachment to place and geographic isolation both common rural characteristics by developing local capacity to teach to rigorous standards and generate innovative career pathways for youth. At the same time persistent poverty results in ongoing and new challenges for educators to inspire and prepare youth for a future different from that of their parents.....Overall the findings suggest that middle Appalachia is closing the education and economic gaps with other parts of the country. For a copy of the report click here. Page 3 Southern Early Childhood Association 1123 S. 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SECA strives to provide non-partisan and non-biased information A Voice for Southern Children that is of interest to early childhood educators. Sign up at http public-policy public-policy-notes to receive notice of its availability each month. From Our States Kentucky Elects Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor Both are newcomers to politics and neither have previously held political office. Bevin is a former U.S. Army officer successful businessman and Tea Party activist. Hampton is a former U.S. Air Force captain a businesswoman and Tea Party favorite. With her election Hampton became the first African American in Kentucky to be elected to a statewide office and the second African American woman to be elected Lieutenant Governor in United States history. address Oklahoma s teacher shortage. (This year the Oklahoma Board of Education approved 503 emergency teacher certifications. In comparison in 2011 fewer than 40 were issued. ) Oklahoma s critical teacher short- On November 3rd Matt Bevin became the Republican Governor of Kentucky and Jeanean Hampton won the race for Lieutenant Governor. Republicans now control four of the six state constitutional offices in Kentucky. (Former Governor Beshear a Democrat was term limited and could not run for another term.) Teacher Shortage in Oklahoma Joy Hofmeister Oklahoma s 14th State Superintendent of Public Instruction has age is well documented. It s time to stop talking about the problem alone and start offering real solutions Hofmeister said. By applying their own knowledge researching successful strategies and assessing the effectiveness of proposed solutions in action the volunteers on this task force undoubtedly will help create the high-quality classrooms our schoolchildren deserve. A final report from the Task Force is expected in the fall of 2016. formed a Task Force to provide recommendations about how to