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Michael Rashid retires after 20 years at AmeriHealth; new
CEO named

The Inquirer
Independence Blue Cross announced CEO transition plans for its AmeriHealth Caritas subsidiary, which is one of the nation's biggest managers of Medicaid benefits. Paul A. Tufano, a top executive at IBC, will succeed Michael A. Rashid, 66, who is retiring after nearly 20 years at AmeriHealth, including the last four as chief executive. The change is effective March 31.
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Report: Fewer than 2 million signed up for Medicaid under the health law
The Washington Post
Between 1 million and 2 million Americans signed up for Medicaid last year because of the healthcare law, according to a new report suggesting that many of the people who have joined the program since the initiative's rollout in October would have done so absent the law.

The Obama administration has said that 6.3 million people were determined to be eligible for Medicaid between October and December. But the study, from healthcare industry consulting firm Avalere Health, suggests that only a fraction of the enrollments are strictly the result of the healthcare law.

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More GOP states signal interest in Medicaid expansion, but on their own terms
Inside Health Policy
Although many GOP-led states have criticized the Affordable Care Act and touted what they view as the fiscally irresponsible costs of expanding Medicaid, a few Republican governors have signaled that with some compromise from CMS, they may be willing to move forward. (subscription required)
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Secretary, urging Medicaid expansion, warns states they are losing millions daily
Inside Health Policy
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius continued her travels to key cities to tout enrollment activities and to call on states to expand Medicaid to the full extent of the law. Recently in St. Louis and in Dallas, the secretary pointed out that Missouri is losing about $5 million a day and Texas misses out on $18 million day in federal funds due to each state's refusal to expand Medicaid.
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Florida Medical Association to tackle Medicaid expansion
Health News Florida
The Florida Medical Association, one of Tallahassee, Fla.'s most influential lobby groups, sat out last year's legislative nail-biter over Medicaid expansion, saving its firepower for pocketbook issues, such as making it harder for patients to sue and keeping non-physicians off their turf. But now an FMA advisory committee that studied the issue is backing Medicaid expansion, which would bring in federal funds to cover the low-income uninsured, according to two doctors who have seen the documents.
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Virginia governor pushes for Medicaid expansion
The Washington Post
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe used the occasion of his first bill-signing to make a far-reaching pitch for Medicaid expansion as an economic development tool. Saying he's flexible about the details, hungry to find bipartisan compromise and "willing to work with anybody, around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," McAuliffe said that the commonwealth should seize the chance to insure hundreds of thousands of low-income Virginians under the new healthcare law — for their sake and the sake of the economy.
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Arkansas lawmakers consider whether private option, Medicaid waiver conflict
Arkansas News
Arkansas' so-called private option for expanding health insurance coverage does not conflict with the federal Medicaid waiver that allowed the state to implement the program, state Department of Human Services officials and a legislative researcher said. Representatives of three conservative groups disagreed.
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Medicaid expansion only a 1st step to better health in troubled
West Virginia communities

USA Today and Kaiser Health News
Under the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to increase eligibility for Medicaid, a state-federal insurance program for low-income people. Now an individual who earns up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or $16,105, can qualify. Many Republican governors refused to expand the program, but West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, persuaded a divided legislature to go along.
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Washington Medicaid enrollments surpassing expectations
The Spokesman-Review
With two months to go, Washington state residents are pouring by the thousands through the online gateway to 2014 health insurance coverage, blowing away expectations for Medicaid enrollments, the expanded government program for the working poor and their children. In Spokane County, 1 in 4 residents relies on Medicaid coverage.
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Medicaid applications from HealthCare.gov called flawed; Missouri
enrollment dips

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Missouri's Medicaid program expected to see an uptick in enrollment with the rollout of HealthCare.gov because outreach efforts would attract more people — particularly children — who were already eligible. Indeed, the federally run marketplace has turned over to the Missouri Department of Social Services more than 25,000 applications from people who seemed to meet the state's income criteria. But the state hasn't added any of them to the Medicaid rolls.
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Nevada's Medicaid caseload grows, hits backlog of about 50,000 applicants
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada's Medicaid caseload is growing rapidly as eligible residents sign up under Obamacare, creating a backlog of about 50,000 applications awaiting processing in the system, a state panel was told. Mike Willden, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, told the state Board of Examiners, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, that the agency ran a backlog of about 10,000 applications before the federal health care law took effect on Jan. 1.
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Jails enroll inmates in Obamacare to pass hospital costs to US
Bloomberg
Being arrested in Chicago for, say, drug possession or assault gets you sent to the Cook County Jail to be fingerprinted, photographed and X-rayed. You'll also get help applying for health insurance. At least six states and counties from Maryland to Oregon's Multnomah are getting inmates coverage under Obamacare and its expansion of Medicaid, the federal and state healthcare program for the poor.
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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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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.

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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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MHPA CEO Jeff Myers to speak at Medicaid Managed Care Congress 2014,
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