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New study on ACA Health Insurance Tax to be released at Capitol Hill breakfast briefing | Feb. 12, 9-10 a.m.
MHPA
Please join us for a Capitol Hill breakfast briefing at Rayburn House Office Building, Room #B-340, where MHPA will release its comprehensive report, "ACA Health Insurer Fee: Estimated Impact on State Medicaid Programs and Medicaid Health Plans," prepared by Milliman, Inc.

Report author John Meerschaert, a principal and consulting actuary at Milliman, will discuss methodology and results of the analysis, while MHPA CEO Jeff Myers will discuss implications of the insurance tax and a call to action. All members of Congress and staff are welcome. RSVP to Robert Glass via email or via phone at 202-857-5720.
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States accelerate shift of nursing home residents into Medicaid managed care
USA Today and Kaiser Health News
Inside his family's trailer home, Israel Cortes sits in his bomber jacket at the kitchen table, doing his best to talk despite the tracheotomy tube in his throat. Communicating in whispers and handwritten notes, Cortes, 60, is frustrated at the slow pace of his recovery from a stroke but relieved to be home with his mother and brother after four months in a nursing home.
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Millions trapped in health-law coverage gap
The Washington Post
VideoBriefErnest Maiden was dumbfounded to learn that he falls through the cracks of the healthcare law because in a typical week, he earns about $200 from the Happiness and Hair Beauty and Barber Salon. Like millions of other Americans caught in a mismatch of state and federal rules, the 57-year-old hair stylist doesn't make enough money to qualify for federal subsidies to buy health insurance. If he earned another $1,300 a year, the government would pay the full cost. Instead, coverage would cost about what he earns.
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HHS: Most uninsured Latinos qualify for discounted healthcare
The Hill
VideoBriefThe Obama administration is seeking to highlight the healthcare benefits available to Latinos under Obamacare. In a new report, the Department of Health and Human Services found that nearly 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos qualify for some kind of government assistance with their healthcare.
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Illinois senator's claim: 10 million now have health insurance because of Obamacare
The Washington Post
According to Illinois Sen. Richard J. Durbin in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," 10 million Americans "have health insurance today who would not have had it without the Affordable Care Act."
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HealthCare.gov to be out of service
The Hill
HealthCare.gov will be out of service for two and a half days beginning on Feb. 15 — the last day people can sign up to obtain coverage that begins on March 1. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services announced that the Obamacare website would be lacking some enrollment functionalities so the Social Security Administration can conduct its annual systems maintenance activities.
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Feds: Medicaid problem for children resolved
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
According to federal officials, a glitch in the Healthcare.gov website temporarily leaving some children without insurance coverage has been handled. Children denied Medicaid coverage can now be added to a subsidized plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a letter to a New Hampshire congresswoman.
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Primary care providers in Connecticut accepting Medicaid doubled since 2011
The CT Mirror
Payment rates to Connecticut primary care providers who see Medicaid patients rose dramatically in 2013, and so did the number of providers participating in the program. In December, there were 3,256 primary care providers in the program, a figure that includes doctors, advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants. That was up from 2,370 in January 2013, a 37 percent increase. And it's more than double the number of primary care providers participating in Medicaid in January 2012.
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Arkansas' Medicaid experiment, the key to Obamacare expansion, on the ropes
Kaiser Health News
Ellen Louise Fant was no fan of the Affordable Care Act. Then last fall, the former teacher's aide got a letter from the state of Arkansas telling her that since she gets food stamps, she qualified for Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, which is being expanded under the health law to cover those who make less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or up to $15,900 for an individual.
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With Virginia Medicaid expansion, no signs of compromise
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has plenty of allies in his efforts to expand Medicaid eligibility in the state, including hospitals, insurance companies, several business organizations, liberal advocacy groups and even some Republican state senators. But as the 2014 legislative session nears its midway point, there's no sign that McAuliffe, a Democratic governor, has made any headway winning over one key group — leaders in the GOP-controlled House of Delegates.
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Koch brothers' group is getting involved in Louisiana's Obamacare fight
The Washington Post
A major opponent of Obamacare is doubling down in Louisiana ahead of the start of that state's 2014 legislative session. The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity &mdashl the national tea party group founded by brothers Charles and David Koch — launched on Jan. 2 and is pressing each of Louisiana's 144 lawmakers to pledge opposition to expanding Medicaid under the law.
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Deal reached on Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire
The New York Times
New Hampshire senators said that they had reached a bipartisan deal on a framework to expand Medicaid to about 50,000 low-income adults. Under the agreement, the state will use federal money to buy private insurance, similar to a method adopted last year in Iowa and Arkansas.
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Arizona governor's suit challenging Medicaid plan dismissed
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
A lawsuit challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan that was filed by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature was tossed in a ruling, handing Brewer a big victory in a battle against conservative members of her own party.
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Sunshine Health And Orange Bowl help make wishes come true
PRNewswire via El Paso Times
Sunshine Health, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation, partnered with the Orange Bowl at the City of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown on New Year's Eve to create a special graffiti wall with messages of hope and compassion for the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.
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When your parent is the state, it's tough for young adults to stay insured
Los Angeles Daily News and
Kaiser Health News

Marcy Valenzuela arrived at the Los Angeles County offices before the doors opened, joining a line already several people deep. A former foster child without health coverage for the past four years, Valenzuela was determined to sign up for insurance. But when the 25-year-old Whittier resident handed her Medi-Cal application to an enrollment worker, the employee looked bewildered.

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Experts: Moving new Medicaid patients out of ER will take time
Chicago Tribune
Healthcare overhaul seeks to change how poor get routine care. Lela Morgan, a nurse, says she lived for years without health insurance after a nervous breakdown in 2005 left her unable to work.

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CBO: Obamacare will cost 2.3 million workers
The Hill
The new healthcare law will cost the nation the equivalent of 2.3 million workers by 2021, contributing to a $1 trillion increase in projected deficits, the Congressional Budget Office estimated in a report. The nonpartisan agency's report found the healthcare law's negative effects on the economy will be "substantially larger" than what it had previously anticipated.

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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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Highlights include: CMS Keynote speakers, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, Jeff Myers, MHPA's president and CEO, Jonathan Karl, 18+ health plan case studies from MajestaCare, Molina Healthcare, Cigna-Health Spring and more, eight intimate round table discussions with government officials and 12 never-before-heard presentations across three unique tracks.

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2013-2014 Best Practices Compendium on sale
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MHPA's Best Practices Compendium is our annual compilation of exemplary programs run by Medicaid health plans and their partners that help improve member lives. It's also a valuable reference tool that features a listing of the current state Medicaid directors and an MHPA member health plan/vendor resource directory. Get yours today ($25 for members, $30 for nonmembers). To order, call 202-857-5720, or email us here.
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Recent webinar presentations from Navigant, PwC, Lilly and others available free on MHPA website
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