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Obama rejects Governors' plan to overhaul Medicaid
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The recession-fueled state budget crisis has turned Medicaid into the next battleground in the ongoing war over President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law. The president rejected a plan promoted by conservative Republican governors including Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Scott Walker of Wisconsin to turn Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health care for the poor, into a block grant program. More



Republican governors urge quick resolution to legal challenge against health law
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Govs. Haley Barbour, R-Miss, and Gary Herbert, R-Utah, urged Congress to press for the Supreme Court to quickly resolve the legal challenges against the health care reform law. More

Republicans price Medicaid expansion at $118 billion as governors testify
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The top Republicans dealing with health care policy in the House and Senate released a report that estimates the cost of the health care reform law's Medicaid expansion at $118 billion - almost twice the Congressional Budget Office's estimate. More

Obama offers truce in Medicaid battle with states
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President Barack Obama told the nation's governors he wants to hear all their ideas about ways to reform Medicaid, their No. 1 budget buster. Obama invited the state executives to the White House and proposed they create a bipartisan group to negotiate with the Department of Health and Human Services. More

Kaiser daily report
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Headlines include news about the budget struggles the nation's governors continue to face — with Medicaid spending a central issue. More

Governors differ on extent of flexibility for Medicaid
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Democratic and Republican governors, burdened by crushing budget pressures from Medicaid, said that federal officials should allow them more freedom to change eligibility rules and other aspects of the public health insurance program for the poor. But they displayed sharp ideological differences over how far such flexibility should go. More



Barbour: High-risk pools make case for Medicaid flexibility
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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a possible 2012 presidential candidate, said anemic enrollment in new federal high-risk insurance pools is proof that states need more flexibility to run their Medicaid programs. More

HHS authorize some cuts to Medicaid
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The Obama administration said cash-strapped states can make some Medicaid cuts, but not deep ones. The Health and Human Services Department said that states can raise premiums and drop a limited number of low-income adults from the rolls. More

Will health care reform be halted?
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Did the Florida judge who struck down the reform law mean to halt its implementation, or didn't he? U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson is expected to make his intent explicit following an Obama administration request to clarify his ruling. More

HHS issues additional information to states about Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a letter and a frequently asked questions document that explains Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program provisions in the Affordable Care Act in ways that afford greater flexibility to states. More

Governors' wish list for Medicaid
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Governors across the country are struggling to balance their budgets that have been squeezed by the recession. Many are looking for savings from the Medicaid program that provides health coverage to some low-income residents. Although the federal government pays more than half of Medicaid's costs, the program still takes a huge chunk of states' spending—on average about 16 percent—and is among the most expensive programs run by states after education. More



Government sends health care funds to worried states
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The federal government recently announced funding to help U.S. states evaluate health insurance rates and run preventive medicine programs, just as many state officials worry they cannot afford to carry out reforms included in the massive health care law. More

Judges' agreement on health care penalties not being a tax is key
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Federal judges who have ruled on the constitutionality of health care reform have split along party lines, but they all agree on one thing: The law's fine for failing to obtain health coverage is a penalty, not a tax. More

Medicaid funds will reward patients who practice good health habits
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced $100 million in funding to states for rewarding Medicaid patients who make good health choices. The grants, funded through the Affordable Care Act, aim to provide incentives to Medicaid beneficiaries of all ages who participate in prevention programs and demonstrate changes in health risk and outcomes. More

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Save the date: MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum
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MHPA Center for Best Practices is holding its First Annual Awards Forum on May 18, at the Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C. This is a one-day event of industry CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and other key personnel will discuss and honor health plans for implementing innovative and effective best practices which have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees through high-quality care. The event will feature a special keynote luncheon speaker, an array of presenters sharing their best practice methods, an awards ceremony and a sponsor expo. To register or sponsor, please click here or contact Thanh Buscarini at 202.857.5728 or tbuscarini@mhpa.org. More

19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, May 18-20, Baltimore
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MHPA colleagues receive discounted rates.

Medicaid Managed Care organizations are facing their toughest challenges yet with the onset of healthcare reform and the rise in newly approved eligibles. Attend the 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, and hear from President & CEO, Thomas L. Johnson as well as over 40 of the nation's top Medicaid Managed Care government officials and health plan executives as they discuss strategies to help health plans overcome their most pressing needs while improving quality and controlling costs. Our distinguished speaking faculty includes:

• Keynote: Richard Gilfillan, MD, Acting Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

• Thomas L. Johnson, President & CEO, Medicaid Health Plans of America

• Edwina Rogers, Executive Director, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative

• Philip Bonaparte, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Horizon NJ Health

• Kevin Hayden, President, State Sponsored Business Division, WellPoint and Vice-Chair, MHPA Board of Directors

• Charlotte MacBeth, MBA, MHA, JD, President & CEO, MDwise

As a MHPA member, receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate with priority code XP1626MHPAN. Register online, by calling 888.670.8200, or emailing register@iirusa.com. Be sure to mention priority code XP1626MHPAN to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.


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MHPA's 2010-2011 Best Practices Compendium on sale now
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Buy your copy of MHPA's 2010-2011 Best Practices Compendium, our recently-released booklet containing the industry's best practices, key managed care statistical data as well as helpful resource information, for a low member price of $15. Call 202.857.5720 to order your copy today.

Have a conference or event you want to publicize?
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Go to the MHPA website at www.mhpa.org under "conferences and events" and add your event to the MHPA calendar. We will then publicize it in our MHPA Industry Update.

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Now you can ensure that your message gets out to the Medicaid managed care industry. For rate information, contact James Debois for opportunities 469.420.2618 or email at jdebois@multiview.com. More
 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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