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Parsing the president's 9 million enrollees
Kaiser Health News
Nine million. That's the number President Barack Obama touted as having signed up for health insurance. That total is important to supporters as a sign that the law is working — and as an indication of the difficulties Republicans would face to rescind the law or roll back certain provisions. Critics have pointed out that 9 million isn't a huge number — and that some of those people, perhaps even many of them, were previously insured.
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State of the Union: Fact checking Obama on the ACA
Marketplace
VideoBrief"More than 9 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage," President Barack Obama said during his State of the Union address. In a speech that touched on income inequality, wages, jobs and the U.S. middle class, Obama touted his signature domestic policy achievement. But is that 9 million figure accurate?
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The 4 most important states to watch on Obamacare's Medicaid expansion
The Washington Post
With state legislatures kicking off their 2014 sessions, the Medicaid expansion is back in play. Twenty-six states had signed onto the Medicaid expansion at the start of this year — and that leaves nearly half the country deciding whether to make a go of it in the future. In some states, there's little discussion of the Medicaid expansion. There are states that rejected it in 2013 and will probably reject it in 2014. But in a handful of states, there's a debate slowly starting about the best way to move forward in this area.
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CMS: About half of fed exchange states can do Medicaid account transfers
Inside Health Policy
Roughly half of the states using the federally facilitated exchange can now successfully send and receive Medicaid applications between healthcare.gov and state Medicaid agencies, CMS told insurers on a stakeholder call, indicating that while progress is being made about half of all FFE states still can't complete the process designed to smooth enrollment into Medicaid or qualified health plans.
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GOP Senators' new health overhaul plan would tax some workers' benefits
Kaiser Health News
A healthcare overhaul plan released by three Senate Republicans may reveal how the party will handle the issue for the 2014 elections and beyond. Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Richard Burr of North Carolina unveiled a legislative framework that would scrap much of the 2010 health law, replacing those provisions with ones the lawmakers say will increase consumer choice and reduce healthcare costs.
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Estimated cost of Medicaid expansion lowered in Virginia
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia health officials will face a skeptical House Appropriations Committee over a new analysis that shows $1 billion in savings to the state over nine years from expanding its Medicaid program.
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Virginia university health systems urge state to expand Medicaid
Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Virginia health systems say their ability to serve low-income patients and educate future doctors could be in jeopardy if the state fails to expand its Medicaid program to serve 250,000 uninsured Virginians who otherwise may end up in their emergency rooms.
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Arkansas governor warns against canceling healthcare program
The Associated Press via The Courier
Gov. Mike Beebe warned sheriffs from around the state of Arkansas that new funding proposed for the prison system could be at risk if lawmakers halt the compromise Medicaid expansion approved in 2013.
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Families' Medicaid problems: Answers needed, per
New Hampshire congresswoman

The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A New Hampshire congresswoman asked the U.S. government to clarify how families can obtain coverage under the federal health insurance law when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not.
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Grant to boost Medi-Cal enrollments includes 11 Greater Bay Area counties
San Jose Mercury News
The California Endowment is awarding $23 million to three dozen California counties or county groups — including 11 in the Greater Bay Area mdash; to help increase enrollment in Medi-Cal, the state's health program for the very poor.
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Sebelius to mayors: Urge your states to accept Medicaid expansion
The Hill
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged U.S. mayors to push their state legislatures to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Sebelius said mayors were the "the pragmatic CEOs" that could help tip the balance in states that have so far refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act by making their community's case for expanded coverage to state legislators.

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Big jump seen in Medicaid signups
Politico
More than 6.3 million people have been determined eligible for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program coverage since the October start of open enrollment, the Obama administration announced — but it's still impossible to say how many are newly insured because of Obamacare.

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Peer-support specialists gain funding and ground in Medicaid programs
Inside Health Policy
Thirty-five state Medicaid programs have expanded to reimburse peer-support specialists since 2001, which experts in the mental and substance abuse fields say is a sea-tide of change that could eventually result in validation and creation of a profession that fits well with accountable care organizations and the push for value-based purchasing.

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Nebraska supporters of expanded Medicaid pack hearing, push for new proposal
The Associated Press via The Republic
A new bill to expand Medicaid drew support from Nebraska healthcare providers and advocates for the poor. The bill, however, faced opposition from conservative taxpayer groups — and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's administration.
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WellCare Health Plans, Inc. to host Florida job fair to fill hundreds of positions
WTSP-TV
The company WellCare Health Plans, Inc. is hosting a job fair on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb., 8, to fill hundreds of full-time positions in the Tampa Bay area. WellCare is a provider of Medicare and Medicaid managed care services and has opportunities available for qualified professionals.
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Free webinar: "Readmissions in Medicaid Managed Care: Finding Them and Understanding Underlying Causes" | Feb. 4, 2-3 p.m. EST
MHPA Clinical Leadership Committee
This Feb. 4 webinar, sponsored by the MHPA Clinical Leadership Committee, features the following:
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MHPA CEO Jeff Myers to speak at Medicaid Managed Care Congress 2014,
scheduled May 19-21 in Baltimore

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2013-2014 Best Practices Compendium on sale
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Recent webinar presentations from Navigant, PwC, Lilly and others available free on MHPA website
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