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Medicaid Health Plans of America President and CEO Johnson steps down after 8 ½ year tenure
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Today, Medicaid Health Plans of America announced that President and CEO Thomas L. Johnson will be stepping down after eight and a half years of dedicated service. Johnson not only served in the chief executive role, but also was a member of the MHPA Board of Directors for three years before he took the helm at MHPA. More



Veteran health care executive Rebecca Engelman joins LaCare
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LaCare, a Medicaid managed care plan serving Louisiana and part of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, announced today that veteran Medicaid executive Rebecca Engelman, R.N., M.S.N., joined the company as Executive Director. Engelman reports to J. Michael Jernigan, regional president, Southern Division for AMFC. More

MHPA welcomes Meridian Health Plan as its newest member
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Today, MHPA added Meridian Health Plan to its roster of companies dedicated to helping the underserved get access to quality care. Meridian Health Plan is a physician-owned, physician-operated group of health plans and related companies. They operate Medicaid HMOs in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and New Hampshire. Please join us in welcoming Meridian Health Plan to MHPA. To learn more about Meridian, visit their website. More

Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal in sight
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Less than a month after averting one fiscal crisis, Washington began bracing for another, as lawmakers in both parties predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts would probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1. More

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Sen. Baldwin: Health care is a right
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Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., called on governors to expand their Medicaid programs, declaring that health care is a "right guaranteed to all, not a privilege for the few." The freshman member, who replaced former Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., decried "lies about death panels" and "ads falsely accusing the execution of a government takeover of health care" at an annual conference held by Families USA, a group that supports health care reform. More

Questions remain on expanded Medicaid in New Jersey
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Advocates for the poor are making their case that New Jersey should expand the ranks of people eligible for Medicaid in what could be the next big decision on how the federal health insurance overhaul plays out in New Jersey. They say it will save state taxpayers money and give far more low-income people health coverage. More

Insure Oklahoma's end raises concerns about CMS' 1115 waiver stance
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Oklahoma officials say a recent CMS decision to sunset at the end of this year a state Medicaid demonstration to help thousands of low-income adults afford health insurance is likely to create a coverage gap in 2014 that does not currently exist, assuming the state sticks to not expanding Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. More



New health insurance market opens in Washington state in October
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Another aspect of President Barack Obama's health care law will go from concept to reality this fall as Washington state residents who don't have health insurance will become eligible for Medicaid or gain access to a new insurance exchange. Some questions and answers on where the health care law stands in Washington state. More

Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange makes major strides in setting criteria for qualified health plans
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The Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange made steps in improving standard plan designs for products sold in the new marketplace beginning in October 2013. By setting specific, consistent criteria for plans offered in each of the Exchange's coverage tiers — bronze, silver, gold, and platinum — it will be easier for consumers to evaluate truly comparable products, improving transparency in benefits and coverage and highlighting overall value. More

Minnesotan insurance exchange info website launches
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The state budget office has launched a website about how a health insurance exchange will work in Minnesota. Officials project at least 1 million Minnesotans will use the exchange to comparison shop for health insurance policies or enroll in Medicaid starting in October. Until now it's been difficult to find complete information about this key part of the federal health care law. More



Uninsured children expected to grow Indiana Medicaid rolls
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The analyst hired by the state to estimate the impact of the federal health care law told Indiana lawmakers that an unintended consequence could unearth tens of thousands of children who qualify for Medicaid but are not enrolled. More

Democratic lawmakers seek to increase Iowa Medicaid
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A push that Democratic lawmakers initiated to expand Medicaid in Iowa would likely translate into new or improved health benefits for thousands of the state's low-income residents. Broadening the program could mean that people like Terri White, a 51-year-old widow from Fort Dodge, would for the first time have comprehensive health insurance. White qualities for a state health program called IowaCare, but it doesn't cover the cost of her thyroid medication. More

WellCare improves New York Medicaid Quality Score
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WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced that WellCare of New York has become eligible for the State of New York's Quality Incentive for Medicaid managed care plans as a result of improvement in WellCare's health care quality score. The score is based on various health care quality, member and provider satisfaction, and regulatory compliance measurements as determined by New York's Office of Health Insurance Programs. More


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Coventry Mobile connects members with real-time information
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Coventry Health Care, Inc. announced it has introduced two new features to the Coventry Mobile app, which is available for free download from the App Store and Google Play. "My Rx Choices" enables members to browse their medication history, check for possible drug interactions and control rescription drug costs by looking for lower-cost alternatives. "Health & Wellness" gives members access to real-time information, including a symptom checker to learn about common health problems for family members. More

Recent webinar presentations from Deloitte and AmeriHealth Mercy available free on MHPA's website
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View PDFs of "The Fiscal Cliff, ACA, and Medicaid Managed Care" by Deloitte Consulting, "Optimizing Pharmaceutical Care in a Drug Therapy Management Program" by The AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, and more. 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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The 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

MHPA's Joe Moser to speak at 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

MHPA's Amy Ingham to speak at 6th 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
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Collaborate and drive innovation to move the Medicaid industry forward. Implement the ACA, increase quality, grow membership, and strengthen financials. Register with code XP1826MHPA and save 25 percent. More

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