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MHPA/Milliman study: ACA insurer fee could backfire on states
Forbes
A provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance companies pay a fee to help fund the law and expand benefits to the poor and uninsured could actually lead to the federal government taxing states and itself, according to a new analysis.
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Additional coverage of Milliman health insurance tax report from other respected media outlets
MHPA
Here are stories involving the Milliman health insurance tax report from random journalism outlets:

MHPA-sponsored report highlights cost Of insurer fee on state, federal governments (Inside Health Policy)
Trade group: Excise tax could add $39 billion to Medicaid cost over 10 years (Modern Healthcare)
Obamacare raises Medicaid cost as insurers shift tax bill (Bloomberg)

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MHPA releases video ad on health insurance tax
MHPA
To coincide with the release of its report on the Affordable Care Act health insurance tax, "ACA Health Insurer Fee: Estimated Impact on State Medicaid Programs and Medicaid Health Plans" by actuarial firm Milliman, MHPA is running this advocacy video ad to show the tax's effect on specific states' Medicaid programs. For more information on the health insurer tax and the Milliman report, visit here.
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MHPA and Milliman present new health insurance tax report on Capitol Hill,
Hall of States

MHPA
MHPA has held briefings on Capitol Hill and the Hall of States to release its new study, "ACA Health Insurer Fee: Estimated Impact on State Medicaid Programs and Medicaid Health Plans." Report author John Meerschaert, a principal and consulting actuary at Milliman, discussed methodology and results of the analysis, while MHPA CEO Jeff Myers discussed implications of the insurance tax on the Medicaid program, Medicaid health plans and the low-income beneficiaries they serve.
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States meld Medicare and Medicaid
The Pew Charitable Trusts
They are a diverse group of low-income people who are disabled or elderly. Many have multiple chronic illnesses, or are battling depression or substance abuse. Most will need long-term care at some point in their lives. In the nearly 50 years since Medicaid and Medicare were enacted, the two healthcare programs — one for the poor and the other for the elderly and disabled — have remained separate, with different rules, duplicative benefits and conflicting financial incentives.
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Medicaid expansion is expected to strain mental health services
McClatchy DC
As millions of Americans gain health coverage through the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, experts say their higher rates of mental health and substance abuse disorders will be difficult to treat due to a lack of counselors and behavioral therapists who accept Medicaid patients.
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Florida moves to manage healthcare for foster children
Miami Herald and Kaiser Health News
Chris and Alicia Johnson have 10 kids — three biological, five adopted out of foster care and two foster children — all under one roof on the outskirts of Orlando, Fla. While providing love, support and encouragement for their foster kids, they've sometimes run into roadblocks trying to get them healthcare, including needed mental health services, because few providers take Medicaid insurance. Another problem? Not being able to take foster children in different healthcare plans to the same doctors.
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New Hampshire Senate unveils new Medicaid expansion plan
New Hampshire Union Leader
Senate leaders unveiled a bipartisan plan to add low-income adults to the government-paid healthcare program under the Affordable Care Act, something lawmakers failed to do last year. The plan is similar to one put forth last year, but disagreement over when it would begin and how quickly newly eligible recipients would have to move to private insurance killed the proposal during a special session in November.
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Medicaid enrollment steadily rising in North Dakota
The Bismarck Tribune
North Dakota state Department of Human Services officials told lawmakers that enrollees covered through the Medicaid expansion authorized last year surpassed the 3,000 mark in February. Members of the interim Government Finance Committee received a Medicaid expansion update as part of a DHS presentation on its work so far during the biennium.
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Wyoming Senate defeats Medicaid expansion bill
Casper Star-Tribune
The Wyoming Senate voted down a bill endorsed by an interim legislative committee that would have allowed the expansion of the Medicaid program in the state. The Senate voted, 16-14, against considering a bill endorsed by the joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. The bill would have allowed the use of Medicaid funds to pay private health insurance premiums.
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House GOP leaders maintain stance against Virginia Medicaid expansion
Richmond Times-Dispatch
House Republicans underscored that they will not cave in their opposition to an expansion of the state of Virginia's Medicaid program that could cover up to an additional 400,000 Virginians. "It would be incredibly foolish for the commonwealth to move forward with this," said Speaker of the House William J. Howell.
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Virginia legislators push flurry of bills at session's halfway point
The Washington Post
Virginia's General Assembly plowed through hundreds of bills, reaching broad consensus on ethics, school testing and mental health reforms while also picking new partisan fights and bracing for a Medicaid battle that will test Gov. Terry McAuliffe's ability to work across the aisle.
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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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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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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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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
MHPA
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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