Deltek Pulse: Health and Human Services December in Review

Published: January 08, 2014

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As Deltek’s health and human services team wrapped up 2013, December proved to be a productive month with the release of new health and human services opportunities on par with previous months. With that backdrop, December was both a month of reflection and anticipation. Indeed, 2013 was one of the most energetic years to be involved in the health and human services market. From enrollment in health insurance exchanges to farm-bill-related food stamp drama, our vertical has experienced innovation, excitement and continued investment.

Opportunity Overview 

In December, the health and human services team saw the release of a little more than 600 solicitations with either health care or social services as a primary vertical. The word cloud below represents the frequency of terms in those solicitations. 

As one can see from the below map, California, New York and Colorado saw the largest number of health and human services-related solicitations, while 15 states had no related activity.

Notable Opportunities

Analyst’s Take 

As we look forward to 2014, there is no doubt that 2013 was merely an appetizer for the more exciting main course yet to be served in the health and human services market.

As we begin the year, our team is looking forward to the following events that could impact the health and human services vertical:

  • Continued ACA Implementation; specifically, the success or failure of health insurance exchanges
  • Extension of long-term unemployment benefits, coupled with the upcoming debt ceiling increase battle
  • The 2014 midterm elections, in which 36 states will hold gubernatorial elections. Currently, Republicans hold 29 governor mansions, while Democrats have 21. A shift in political leadership will have a significant impact on many health and human services programs

As we can see, the coming year will have plenty of political drama to keep us all entertained. However, our team continues to look forward to many new innovative projects, in the ilk of the above highlighted, coming out of states. All told, there can be no doubt that 2014 will be a stimulating year for health and human services. 

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