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In the new report titled, "Data sharing and the law: Overcoming health care sector barriers to sharing data on social determinants," authors take a look at how healthcare organizations can exchange personal information outside of the healthcare sector and still comply with federal and state law.
In recent years, Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have expressed interest in updating the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to better capture information on how well the program supports employment outcomes for program participants. In May 2018, the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation – the JOBS for Success Act (HR 5861) - that would replace the state work participation rate, a state performance measurement system which measures the percentage of households that have at least one adult participating in a set number of hours of work or related activities each week, with an outcomes based performance measurement system that would evaluate states on how well they did in assisting TANF recipients in achieving employment, earnings, and credential attainment goals using metrics similar to those in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In December 2018, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced their own TANF extension bill that would authorize ten state pilot projects to test the use of WIOA-like performance measures.