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Poll finds broad support for Medicaid expansion
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Registered voters in seven states want their governors to participate in the Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to polling released by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. The survey found majority support for the Medicaid expansion in each of the seven states surveyed, some of which are on the fence about the expansion. More

Kaiser study finds Medicaid coverage gaps in states
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U.S. adults who qualify for Medicaid often must have incomes well below the federal poverty line, while adults who have no dependent children are allowed to receive benefits in only nine of the 50 states, according to a survey released by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey provides a snapshot of widespread coverage gaps in the national healthcare program for the poor, less than a year before Medicaid is scheduled to undergo a dramatic expansion under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law. More

Cracks appearing in GOP opposition to health law
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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney have known each other for 30 years and call themselves friends. Now, though, a wedge has come between the two elected Republicans — President Barack Obama's health law. More

Report: States making it easier to apply for Medicaid
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Despite the reluctance of some Republican governors to expand Medicaid next year under the 2010 health law, most governors are making it easier for people to apply for coverage in the state-federal program for the poor, according to a study released. Residents of 37 states — four more than the year before — can now apply online for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program. And 28 states allow families to renew online, including eight states that added this capability in 2012. More

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Many Medicaid patients could face higher fees under proposed federal policy
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Millions of low-income people could be required to pay more for healthcare under a proposed federal policy that would give states more freedom to impose co-payments and other charges on Medicaid patients. Hoping to persuade states to expand Medicaid, the Obama administration said state Medicaid officials could charge higher co-payments and premiums for doctors' services, prescription drugs and certain types of hospital care, including the "nonemergency use" of emergency rooms. State officials have long asked for more leeway to impose such charges. More

House GOP plan to balance budget in 10 years is bad news for providers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
House Republicans' plan to balance the budget in 10 years would require faster and steeper cuts to Medicare and Medicaid than have been contemplated so far and would make replacing the Medicare physician pay formula that much more difficult, lobbyists say. The House passed legislation Jan. 23 to ignore the debt ceiling until May 19, and House Speaker John Boehner enticed conservatives to vote for it by committing to balance the budget in 10 years. More

Florida lawmakers consider to put in place
health insurance exchanges under Obamacare

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Two experts agreed on little about the federal health law, but there was one bit of common ground: Florida should go slow in its approach to a health-insurance exchange. Lawmakers this spring likely will decide whether the state wants to take part in running an exchange — and, if so, how to do it. More

Medicaid expansion in Wyoming gets a 'do not pass' recommendation from
Senate Health & Labor Committee

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The Senate Health and Labor Committee has voted down a measure that would expand Medicaid services in the state of Wyoming. The program would allow more low income people to qualify for health insurance coverage. The major healthcare organizations in the state and private citizens testified in favor of the bill, saying that it would allow more people to qualify for healthcare coverage. More

Nebraska senators introduce Medicaid expansion bill
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Lincoln, Neb., Sen. Kathy Campbell and six other senators made their pitch for expanding Medicaid coverage to 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans. The federal Affordable Care Act gives the option to states to expand Medicaid. Gov. Dave Heineman has said repeatedly he is against the expansion. More

WellCare, Aetna in deal for Missouri Medicaid business
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WellCare Health Plans Inc. is planning to buy Missouri Care Inc., a subsidiary of Aetna Inc. Missouri Care is Aetna's Medicaid business in the Missouri, and it serves more than 100,000 MO HealthNet members in 54 counties, a statement from WellCare said. More

HMS wins inaugural CSO40 'Best Security' award
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HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp., announced that it has been named an honoree of a 2013 CSO40 Award from IDG's CSO magazine. This new award honors 40 companies that have demonstrated that their security projects have created outstanding value and thought leadership. The award-winning effort involved the creation of an enterprise-class security organization to manage the integrity of HMS' data. More

Study: States pursuing Medicaid system upgrades
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Most states are upgrading their Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems as required by President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to a new survey. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 47 states have received or applied for increased federal funds to modernize their Medicaid enrollment systems, and 42 have undertaken changes. More

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Recent webinar presentations available free on MHPA's website
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View PDFs of "Medicaid Managed Care Program Management: The Next Generation" by Navigant Healthcare, "Why Identity Management Matters to Medicaid" by LexisNexis, and more. More

Free webinar by Deloitte: 'The Fiscal Cliff, ACA, and Medicaid Managed Care' | 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 29
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In 2013, Medicaid managed care will be affected in a variety of ways — from the shakeout of the 2012 elections and the fiscal cliff negotiations to the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This presentation will address the current status and implications of many outstanding state and federal decisions affecting Medicaid managed care, including state Medicaid expansion; health insurance exchange decisions and level of integration; and CMS regulatory guidance on Medicaid reforms. Presentations by Jim Hardy and Sarah Wiley of Deloitte Consulting, LLP. More

Free webinar by AMFC: 'Optimizing Pharmaceutical Care and Measuring Outcomes in a Collaborative Drug Therapy Management Program' | 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 30
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Medication-related problems and medication mismanagement are massive public health problems in the U.S. experts estimate that 1.5 million preventable adverse events occur each year that result in $177 billion in injury and death. PerformRx, in collaboration with the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, successfully have developed a collaborative drug therapy management program that has demonstrated significant reductions in emergency room visits and inpatient admissions, as well as significant costs savings. More

Free webinar by PwC: 'Getting to know the 30 million newly insured: New patients equals new challenges' | 2 p.m. EST, Feb. 6
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In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act, approximately 30 million uninsured Americans under age 65 stand to gain coverage under the law. States are deciding whether to expand Medicaid coverage, and which type of health insurance marketplace to create — state-run, state-federal run or federally facilitated. When the exchange population is combined with the new Medicaid beneficiaries, the result will be a distinctly different customer base for the health sector, bringing with it many new challenges and opportunities. More

'Keeping You Healthy' video: CentAccount by Centene
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VideoBriefThe CentAccount program promotes personal healthcare responsibility in Centene's membership by offering financial incentives. Centene Senior Vice President Aparna Aburri discusses this innovative program with the MHPA Center for Best Practices. More

Strategic Solutions Network's 4th Annual 'Medicaid Innovations Forum | Feb. 5-7 | Orlando, Fla.
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Medicaid Innovations will be the meeting place for all participants in the Medicaid universe who want to participate, share and learn about innovations that promote quality improvement, cost reduction and transformation in the face of reform. Use discount code MHPA when registering to receive a $200 discount off the current rate. More

Sixth Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid Managed Care | Feb 25-27 | Arlington, Va.
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Payment transformation continues in Medicaid, as well as the development of integrated care delivery models industrywide. Medicaid managed care plans must continue to show their value. Attend the 6th Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid Managed Care to learn how. MHPA members, receive a $200 discount when you register online or at 800-767-9499 with promo code MHPA200. Discounts are not valid on government rates. More

Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress | May 20-22 | Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel | Baltimore, Md.
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