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Wyoming House faces Medicaid expansion debate on budget
bill amendment

The Associated Press via Casper Star-Tribune
The Wyoming House is set to debate Thursday whether the state should move to expand the federal Medicaid program. Wyoming Rep. Dan Zwonitzer is sponsoring a Medicaid-expansion amendment to the pending supplemental budget bill in the House. The Wyoming Senate earlier this month rejected a freestanding Medicaid expansion bill.
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A separate peace: GOP governors and the Medicaid expansion
McClatchy
When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence agreed to expand eligibility for his state's Medicaid program, he made sure to call it "reform" rather than "expansion." The change reflects both the unique, conservative features of Indiana's Medicaid plan as well as a complex political dynamic for Pence, a conservative Republican with rumored presidential aspirations.
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Montana House panel considers partial Medicaid-expansion bill
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would use a combination of state and federal money to expand Medicaid to about 10,000 Montanans. Republican Rep. Nancy Ballance of Hamilton, Montana, brought House Bill 455 before the House Human Services Committee on Wednesday.
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Montana Medicaid expansion supporters trash GOP alternative
The Montana Standard
Supporters of full Montana Medicaid expansion turned out in force Wednesday to oppose a Republican-sponsored alternative, saying it doesn't go far enough in expanding government coverage for the state's poorest citizens.
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Wisconsin governor faces growing pressure over Medicaid expansion
The Hill
Wisconsin could save $400 million over two years if state officials agree to expand Medicaid, raising pressure on Republican Gov. Scott Walker to move forward with the politically divisive Obamacare policy. The estimates released Tuesday indicate that Wisconsin could benefit even more than expected from the Medicaid expansion, according to research from the state's budget office.
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Ohio among states pushing prisoners on Medicaid
USA Today
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 into Medicaid when they get sick and as they are being released.
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Illinois' new GOP governor calls for billions in budget cuts,
including Medicaid

The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois' new Republican governor, called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state's budget mess without raising taxes — a pitch met with quick opposition from Democrats who control the legislature.
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Connecticut Medicaid clients, seniors, healthcare providers face cuts under governor's plan
The CT Mirror
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget aims to save hundreds of millions of dollars through cuts to healthcare and social service programs, including reductions in Medicaid eligibility, payments to healthcare providers and grants for mental health and substance abuse treatment.
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Missouri Medicaid enrollments starting to rise, but challenges remain
St. Louis Public Radio
Administrators for Missouri's Medicaid program told members of their oversight committee that they are getting closer to fixing their processing delays for new applicants. But the wait can still take months.
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States add dental coverage for adults on Medicaid but struggle to
meet demand

Kaiser Health News
Colorado was one of five states last year to begin offering routine dental coverage to millions of low-income adults in Medicaid — an unprecedented expansion. But many have had trouble finding dentists willing to treat them because of Medicaid's low reimbursements, according to providers, advocates and patients.
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HHS joins new push for health innovation
The Hill
The Department of Health and Human Services is supporting an effort by 10 entrepreneurs to come up with solutions to 10 healthcare problems in 10 days. The endeavor is part of a new event in Denver called 10.10.10, which is looking for solutions to tough problems that could become the basis for startup companies.
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Anthem, Inc. completes acquisition of Simply Healthcare Holdings, Inc.
Business Wire
Anthem, Inc. has announced the completion of its acquisition of Simply Healthcare Holdings, Inc., a leading managed care company for people enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare programs in the state of Florida.
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NDEP webinar: 'Population Health Management: Improving Health Where We Live, Work, and Play' | Feb. 24 | noon-1 p.m. ET
National Diabetes Education Program
Healthcare costs continue to soar, outpacing inflation and taking up increasingly larger portions of business, government and consumer budgets. But while costs are rising, overall health and well-being are declining. A population health management approach considers health quality and costs beyond the clinical setting to integrate health information, management and support into people's daily lives. Join the CDC's National Diabetes Education Program in this webinar that will show you a different way to think about health and wellness on the job and in the community.
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Feb. 25 Webinar Wednesday: 'Health Plans Leave Money on the Table When They Fail to Effectively Audit, Track Rx Drug Claims'
Deloitte
The total cost of overpayments and fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the prescription drug claims arena can be significant. Discuss techniques that health plans and pharmacy benefit management companies can consider to root out FWA and audit for claims processing inefficiencies.
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday: 'Engage Moms on Mobile Devices: How Smartphone Apps Can Improve Maternal Health'?
MHPA
Download the presentation by Wildflower Health and other past webinars here.
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MHPA's Myers joins keynote health plan panel at Medicaid Managed Care Leadership Summit | Feb. 24-25 | Alexandria, VA
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MHPA's Myers to chair WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit | March 2015 | Washington, DC
World Congress
MHPA President and CEO Jeff Myers will chair the WHCC 4th Annual Medicaid and Medicare Reform Summit, a meeting that convenes executives from health plans, hospital systems and policy organizations to share, learn and discuss approaches to improve the quality of government programs and achieve payment and delivery reform. For conference details, agenda and registration, please visit here.
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First Quality
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