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Expanded Medicaid will be subject of forced vote by Republicans in Virginia House
The Washington Post
House Republicans will force a vote on whether to expand Medicaid, briefly plucking the contentious issue out of a massive state budget bill in a move meant to show overwhelming GOP opposition to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's top legislative goal. The House will subject the expansion plan to an up-or-down floor vote — something the measure would not ordinarily get since it is part of the two-year, $96 billion state spending plan.
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Virginia Medicaid plan panned by Arkansas lawmakers
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The verbal spat between Democratic and Republican lawmakers over whether to accept federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to low-income residents continued at the Capitol, as members from both parties accused the other of being out-of-touch obstructionists.
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Compromise on Medicaid held up in Arkansas
The Associated Press via The New York Times
The Arkansas House failed to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul in limbo.
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As program adds clients, Maryland Medicaid head set to leave
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Charles Milligan, the head of Maryland's Medicaid program is leaving his post as the program adds tens of thousands of new clients under the healthcare overhaul.
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Webinar Wednesdays are back with 'Opportunities for Issuers Participating in Exchanges and Medicaid: Developing Your Strategy' | March 5 at 3 p.m. 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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Pennsylvania pushing Medicaid plan to DC
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Months after outlining a controversial proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, officials from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said they are submitting their plan to the federal government — though it has been somewhat modified after seven public hearings around the state.
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Missouri Chamber endorses bill expanding Medicaid to low-income workers
St. Louis Public Radio
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is lauding a new proposal to expand Medicaid. The business group says it would allow Missouri to take advantage of the $2 billion a year in federal subsidies that it currently has declined to accept.
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Medicaid bill recommended by New Hampshire Senate panel
The Associated Press via Brattleboro Reformer
A New Hampshire bill expanding Medicaid to roughly 50,000 poor adults using federal funds to buy them private health insurance is moving to the Senate floor. The Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee recently voted to recommend passing the bill.
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Senate committee won't vote on Medicaid in Wyoming
Belleville News-Democrat
A legislative committee that heard public testimony in favor of a bill that would expand Medicaid in Wyoming didn't vote on the matter and the committee chairman said it likely wouldn't vote, either.
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Medicaid expansion initiative passes legal review in Montana
Independent Record
A proposed voter-initiative to expand Medicaid for at least 70,000 low-income Montanans has passed its legal review by state officials, allowing supporters to start working to qualify it for the November ballot.
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Utah House leaders to punt on federal Medicaid money
The Salt Lake Tribune
House Republican leaders unveiled a stripped-down proposal for covering uninsured Utahns, forgoing about $524 million in federal Medicaid expansion dollars and instead creating a narrow, state-run program to cover parents below the poverty line or those with serious medical conditions.
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Sunshine Health executives recognized by community
PRNewswire via KXMB-TV
Sunshine Health, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation, was built on a foundation of public service and a commitment to giving back to local communities where its members and their families reside.
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Epstein Becker Green opens office adjacent to CMS
Epstein Becker Green
The national law firm of Epstein Becker Green has announced that it has opened an office adjacent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which plays a central role in the financing of healthcare services through its administration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as its regulation of commercial insurance rates and the offering of qualified health plans through the Affordable Care Act, created by the health insurance exchanges.
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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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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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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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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
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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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