This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.
  Mobile version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe
Home   About   Policy & Advocacy   Education & Resources   Events   Contact Us March 3, 2011
Judge grants stay of decision striking down Dems' health care law
The Hill    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal judge who struck down the entire health care reform law issued a stay of his ruling to give President Barack Obama administration seven days to file an expedited appeal. More

Governors seek more help with Medicaid costs
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At a Capitol Hill hearing, GOP governors reiterated complaints about the fiscal pressures imposed by Medicaid and said President Barack Obama's recent flexibility proposal would not address the burden created by the health law's Medicaid requirements. More

States' angst and anger continues about Medicaid, health spending cuts    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feeling budget pinch, states cut insurance Ken Kewley woke up without health insurance for the first time in nearly nine years.  More

Vague on details, health official rejects GOP governors' Medicaid pitch
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
President Barack Obama's Medicaid chief shot down a proposal gaining traction among Republican governors to transform Medicaid into block-grant payments as the states face mounting costs running the health care program for poor individuals. More

Walker seeks Medicaid powers with a plan that could lead to 63,000 losing benefits -Wisconsin
The Oshkosh Northwestern    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The battle over collective bargaining powers has consumed much of the public debate about Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill that is stalled in the Wisconsin State Senate. More

American Cancer Society: Governor's budget preserves 2 critical cancer-fighting programs; Concerns remain over Medicaid changes - Wisconsin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In response to Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget, Gail Sumi, Wisconsin government relations director for the American Cancer Society issued the following statement: "The American Cancer Society would like to thank Gov. Scott Walker for preserving current funding for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program and for proposing a modest 10 percent reduction to the tobacco control program. More

Bill cuts Medicaid by $39 million - Idaho
The Associated Press via The Spokesman-Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The House Health and Welfare Committee has agreed to consider a bill that would whack $39 million from Idaho's Medicaid budget, set new eligibility rules for clients and impose changes in the way health and treatment services are provided. More

Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation panel releases initial recommendations
WIFR-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A state panel convened by Gov. Pat Quinn to guide Illinois' implementation of national health care reform recently released its initial recommendations. More

Centene Corporation to present at upcoming health care conferences
PRNewswire via St. Louis Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Centene Corporation announced it will present at two upcoming health care conferences in the next few weeks.  More

President's first major reform to reform law may be DOA
California Healthline    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After months of legal battles and an in-progress Republican effort to overturn the federal health law, nearly half of Americans think the law already has been repealed or aren't sure. More

Health care reform discord still pervasive
Insurance Networking News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to the Urban Institute, which conducted the research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Washington-based research organization, a full implementation of the law would reduce the number of uninsured younger than 65 to 23.2 million (currently at 50.9 million). More

PerformRX - Account Management
PerformRx provides an industry-leading account management service that enables our clients to maximize their pharmacy benefit management decisions. MORE

Call for childhood asthma best practices from MHPA member health plans
MHPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
MHPAs Center for Best Practices is producing a new compendium on childhood asthma and is seeking best practices in this area from its member plans. MHPA member health plans interested in submitting any of their programs related to childhood asthma should download and complete the submission form and return to Liza Greenberg at by March 11.

Registration Now Open for MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum
MHPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
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 More

19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress, May 18-20, Baltimore
MHPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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 Be sure to mention priority code XP1626MHPAN to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.

MHPA on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
MHPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Follow us on Twitter, become a fan of our Facebook page or see our profile on LinkedIn to get industry-related news and latest announcements.

MHPA's 2010-2011 Best Practices Compendium on sale now
MHPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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?
MHPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Go to the MHPA website at under "conferences and events" and add your event to the MHPA calendar. We will then publicize it in our MHPA Industry Update.

Banner advertising available with MHPA NewsBriefs
MHPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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 e-mail at More

MHPA welcomes US Advisors as supporting member
MHPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Medicaid Health Plans of America has added U.S. Advisors as its newest supporting member.

As one of the largest brokers/consultants in Managed Care Reinsurance, U.S. Advisors offers unique services, models and analysis to assist HMOs in receiving the best coverage and cost for Medicaid, Medicare and Commercial memberships nationally. Coverage is tailored to state Medicaid requirements.

Their experience and expertise since 1984 allows HMOs to capitalize on the total reinsurance marketplace and receive multiple choices from major U.S. reinsurers.

 Services and savings extend to:

• Capital surplus relief
• RX management of PBMs
• Stop loss reinsurance
• Catastrophic Claims Management
• Organ transplants (including 1st dollar)

Funding options are tailored to customers' risk appetite and budget to achieve the most effective cost. For more information about U.S. Advisors, visit
Terry Chesser, ARM
Principal U.S. Advisors, Inc. - Managing Your Risk
783 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 310 West
Brentwood, TN 37027
615.263.5901 (Direct)
615.807.4880 (Direct Fax)

Richard Polay, Principal
U.S. Advisors, Inc. – Managing Your Risk
111 Second Avenue NE, Suite 906
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727.823.4577 (Direct)
727. 823.4666 (Fax)












MHPA's Industry NewsBrief
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publications, 469.420.2601   Download media kit
Ralph Ayyad, Content Editor, 469.420.2638   Contribute news
This edition of the MHPA's Industry NewsBrief was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
March 1, 2011
Feb. 25, 2011
Feb. 23, 2011
Feb. 23, 2011

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063