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Colorful quotes from MHPA's Jeff Myers on the health
insurance tax

The Daily Caller
State and federal taxpayers will have to cover up to $37.7 billion of an Obamacare tax meant to go after health insurers, a study from actuarial firm Milliman Inc. finds. This is due to the healthcare law overlooking a pre-existing law that governs the stability of state Medicaid programs.
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Regulators eye PPACA tax effect on solvency
LifeHealthPro
A panel that helps set the rules for determining when health insurers are broke is thinking about how to handle a new federal assessment. The Health Risk-Based Capital Working Group, part of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, recently put drafts of two assessment accounting proposals on its section of the NAIC website.
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Avalere Health 2014 Industry Outlook
Avalere Health
Despite massive early IT problems, exchange enrollment is accelerating rapidly. While enrollment may not reach 7 million by the end of March, it is expected at least 5 million to have enrolled by the close of the initial open-enrollment period. If enrollment falls far short, HHS could extend open enrollment for a fixed period to reach its 7 million target.
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Health Partners No. 1 in Pennsylvania for satisfaction with child's health plan
Health Partners Plans
Health Partners Plans has announced that their Medicaid plan, Health Partners, has been ranked No. 1 in the state of Pennsylvania for "Satisfaction with Child's Plan" among the state's HealthChoices plans. This is according to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's 2013 Consumer Guide.
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California bill would extend health coverage to all residents
Kaiser Health News
In a push to cover immigrants excluded from the nation's health reform law, a California state senator has proposed legislation that would offer health insurance for all Californians, including those living here illegally.
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Virginia Senate panel proposes alternative to Medicaid expansion
The Washington Post
Senate budget leaders said that they were rejecting Medicaid expansion as they approved a state spending plan that would nevertheless tap $2  billion a year in federal Medicaid funding to extend health insurance to low-income and disabled Virginians.
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Private alternative to Medicaid expansion faces crucial vote in Arkansas
PBS Newshour
Ever since the Supreme Court ruled that states do not have to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, there have been big battles over that issue. One bipartisan alternative has emerged in Arkansas that appeals to some other red states as well, most recently Virginia. It allows Medicaid dollars to be used to buy private insurance for low-income residents. But now the Arkansas program is facing a crucial vote in the state Senate, and its fate may be jeopardized.
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Medicaid rate bump proves mixed bag for Florida doctors
Tampa Bay Times
Buried in the Affordable Care Act was what seemed a sweet deal for doctors willing to treat Medicaid patients — an estimated 70 percent pay boost. There was a good reason for it. The law was adding millions of people to the health insurance program for the poor, at a time when fewer doctors would sign on because it pays them so little. But the two-year bump has had a mixed impact. It hasn't been a boon for every physician willing to work with Medicaid, a program that manages to be both critical safety net and political tangle.
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New Medicaid, PeachCare enrollment stalled in Georgia
Georgia Health News
More than 50,000 uninsured Georgians — many of them children — have been assessed as eligible for Medicaid or PeachCare coverage through the enrollment process for the health insurance exchange, according to a recent report.
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Without Medicaid expansion, Texas hospitals seek long-term solution
The Texas Tribune
Citing shortfalls in Medicaid financing and billions in annual uncompensated care costs, the president and chief executive of the Texas Hospital Association said that it was time for medical facilities to join together on a long-term strategy to compensate for the program's shortcomings.
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Federal agency, state of New York are in accord over $8 billion Medicaid waiver
The New York Times
The Obama administration has agreed "in principle" to grant an $8 billion Medicaid adjustment for New York State that could help stabilize some hospitals in Brooklyn and would reconfigure the delivery of healthcare there and throughout the state, state officials said.
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Prisoners, ex-cons swell Medicaid rolls: States shifting millions in healthcare costs onto federal government
Cincinnati Enquirer
Landing time in an Ohio prison could also soon get you help enrolling into health care coverage under Obamacare. Ohio is among a small but growing number of states working to enroll prisoners in Medicaid when they get sick and as they are being released. The move could save the state nearly $18 million this year alone in costs of providing health care to prisoners — money that would be shifted onto the federal government’s tab.
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The ACA and recent Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid plays a key role in efforts to reduce the number of uninsured by expanding eligibility to nearly all low income adults with incomes at or below 138 percent FPL ($16,105 per year for an individual in 2014); however, the Supreme Court ruling on the ACA effectively made the expansion a state option.
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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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Sped shift of nursing home residents into Medicaid managed care
USA Today and Kaiser Health News
Communicating in whispers and handwritten notes, Israel 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 — doing his best to talk despite the tracheotomy tube in his throat.

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HHS: Most uninsured Latinos qualify for discounted healthcare
The Hill
The 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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Webinar Wednesdays are back with 'Opportunities for Insurers Participating in Exchanges and Medicaid: Developing Your Strategy' | March 5 at 3pm ET
MHPA
Join us and MHPA partner Avalere Health in a discussion on current state efforts addressing churn and how plans can participate; the alignment between Qualified Health Plans and Alternative Benefit Plans; and potential challenges for plans participating in these markets.
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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
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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View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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