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Survey : States ease barriers to Medicaid, CHIP enrollment
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Half the states last year made it easier for children and their parents to enroll in Medicaid by streamlining enrollment and using technology advances to verify citizenship requirements, according to a report recently released. More

Kansas doctor and hospital groups endorse KanCare plan
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The heads of the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Hospital Association testified in favor of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to expand Medicaid managed care to include long-term services for the developmentally disabled, the elderly and the mentally ill. More

Court angst for left over healthcare
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Supporters of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform have lost the high level of confidence they once displayed that the Supreme Court would throw out constitutional challenges to the law's individual mandate. More

It may be time 'to take the pain' on Medicaid
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Healthcare's next decade will be shaped by impending rules and rulings — from CMS regulations to a Supreme Court decision — issuing forth from Washington. More

Obama administration claims progress on key healthcare reform provisions
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Every state in the nation has taken some kind of action to implement the healthcare reform law since it was passed two years ago, the White House said in a new report recently released. More

Altegra Health, First 'Third-Party Submitter'

Altegra Health is the first ‘Third-Party Submitter’ to receive certification in Encounter Data Front End Testing from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This certification reflects our expertise in encounter reporting, risk adjustment analytics, and data management. Altegra Health continues to be a health care services leader.

Nearly half of US lives in household receiving government benefits
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The pool of Americans relying on government benefits rose to record highs as an increasing share of families tapped aid in a weak economy. Some 48.6 percent of the population lived in a household receiving some type of government benefit in the second quarter of 2010, up a notch from 48.5 percent in the first quarter, according to Census data. More

Supreme Court holds the fate of Medicaid
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Two cases before the Supreme Court have the potential to effectively do what Republican lawmakers have tried and failed: transform Medicaid into a block grant program for states with few enforceable federal rules about how they provide health coverage for the poor. More

Study: 1 in 5 Americans suffers from mental illness each year
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One in five Americans — 45.9 million adults — suffered from some form of mental illness in 2010, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration say in a new report recently released. More

Lawmakers revisit Texas Medicaid waiver
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Texas lawmakers and hospital administrators took a hard look at the state Medicaid waiver recently approved by the Obama administration. More

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In Cuomo's budget, nip-and-tuck cuts and big policy aims
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Presenting what he called "both a budget and a reform plan," New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo asked legislators to demand more rigorous teacher evaluations, to restrict pension benefits for future public employees and to slightly reduce overall state spending by consolidating the state bureaucracy. More

Utah's Medicaid overhaul partially rejected by feds
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The federal government buys into the core principle of Utah's ambitious Medicaid overhaul: steering patients into managed care networks. But officials have rejected key pieces of the plan and asked the state to regroup. More

Waiting list: dilemma for Medicaid
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Florida's unfolding plan to keep elderly and disabled Medicaid patients out of nursing homes through the use of HMOs faces a huge obstacle: The state already has a long waiting list for the kinds of home- and community-based services those patients need. And there is no state money on the table to address it. More


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Missouri governor calls for cuts to budget
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In three years of presiding over Missouri's recession-ravaged finances, Gov. Jay Nixon has become known for cutting the budget in ways that he tries to make sound painless More

A health exchange progress report
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They're making progress! Well, at least 28 of them and the District of Columbia are. That was the main talking point from the White House during a recent press briefing revolving around a report stating that 28 states are "on their way" to establishing new marketplaces, called exchanges, where consumers can begin to shop for health insurance starting in late 2013. More

Centene Corporation selected for Washington state Medicaid contract
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Centene Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Coordinated Care Corporation, has been selected to contract with the Washington Health Care Authority to serve Medicaid beneficiaries in Washington. More

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Registration Open for Second Annual Awards Forum
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The MHPA Center for Best Practices Second Annual Awards Forum will be held on April 30, 2012, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St., NW, Washington, D.C. This event of industry CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and other key personnel will honor health plans for implementing innovative and effective best practices that have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees. For more information and to register, click here. More

MHPA's new Keeping You Healthy video: Improving Blood Lead Screening in 2-year-olds
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To prevent lead poisoning in Michigan, where as many as 20,000 young children may be affected, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan started a program to improve blood lead screening in two-year olds. View MHPA's Center for Best Practices new Keeping You Healthy video on Youtube here. More

Live webinar: Managed Medicaid state-by-state update
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Wednesday, 2/1/2012
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST
Brought to you by Corporate Research Group

This webinar will give you a complete look at the policy environment impacting Medicaid, state activities and current and future challenges and opportunities to Medicaid, managed care and the patients served. Thomas L. Johnson, president & CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America will present.

Webinar Pricing:
Live Webinar $299
Web Archive $299
Live + Web Archive $329
Register Online or call 800-647-7600

3rd Annual Medicaid Innovations Forum
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Next Generation Strategies to Expand Coverage, Improve Quality and Control Costs

Omni Orlando at Champions Gate, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8-9, 2012

For more information click here.

Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium
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North Carolina Medicaid medical homes: The numbers don't add up, period.
Sunday Feb. 26, 2012

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The World Congress 5th Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid Managed Care
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Feb. 28 - March 1, 2012
Sheraton Reston, Reston, Va.

Network with over 100 Health Plan and Pharmaceutical industry executives and State Medicaid Directors at the 5th Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid Managed Care.

Featured Speakers Include: Thomas L. Johnson, president and Chief Executive Officer, Medicaid Health Plans of America Henry Waxman, D-CA, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Jennifer Coleman, Senior Advisor, Federal Coordinated Health Care Office, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (tentative) Karen Brodsky, Director, New Jersey Department of Human Services

30 Sessions, 12 Keynotes, 15 Track Sessions
In-Depth Examinations and Discussions on issues such as:
•Medicaid Expansion
•Early Innovator Grants
•Health Insurance Exchanges
•Care Management/Quality Improvement and more.

MHPA health plan members can attend the conference for just $695 (a $900* savings!) when using Promo Code SEZ526 to register by Jan. 13.
To register, call us at 800-647-7600 or visit the World Congress website.
* Discount does not apply to the Government Rate.

Job opportunity: Mercy Care Plan seeks chief medical officer
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Mercy Care Plan, a not-for-profit Medicaid health plan managed by Aetna Medicaid which provides healthcare coverage for enrollees in Arizona's Medicaid program, seeks a new chief medical officer. The successful candidate will be a physician with at least four to six years of experience in medical management and policy implementation within a healthcare provider or managed care organization. Medicaid experience preferred. For a full position description and to apply, please email

The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Disparities Leadership Program
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This year-long executive education program is designed for leaders from hospitals, health plans and other healthcare organizations who wish to implement practical strategies to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, particularly through quality improvement. More

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