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5 things to know about the Supreme Court case challenging the health law
Kaiser Health News
The Affordable Care Act is once again before the Supreme Court. On March 4, the justices will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the validity of tax subsidies helping millions of Americans buy health insurance if they don’t get it through an employer or the government. If the court rules against the Obama administration, those subsidies could be cut off for everyone in the three dozen states using healthcare.gov, the federal exchange website.

A decision is expected by the end of June. Here are five things you should know about the case and its potential consequences.
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Majority in poll says SCOTUS should uphold ObamaCare
The Hill
The majority of people in both parties say they would be opposed to a Supreme Court decision gutting a key provision of Obamacare, according to a new poll. Plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell claim that people in 37 states are illegally receiving subsidies under Obamacare. But 61 percent say they hope the subsidies are upheld, according to a national survey conducted by Hart Research Associates for the Service Employees International Union.
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Senate Republicans demand freedom to revamp Texas Medicaid
The Dallas Morning News
For Texas Independence Day, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Senate's 20 Republicans on Monday vented their frustration over Medicaid's costs and federal requirements. Patrick complained about "overreaching federal mandates" and demanded the leeway to "manage our own Medicaid." He and all of the chamber's Republicans sent President Barack Obama a letter demanding flexibility to revamp Texas' version of Medicaid, a state-federal health insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled.
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NAACP renews push for North Carolina Medicaid expansion
WRAL-TV
With the Affordable Care Act headed for the U.S. Supreme Court this week, the NAACP and Democratic state lawmakers are renewing calls for North Carolina to accept the law's Medicaid expansion.
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Judge sets date to hear arguments on whether Arizona Medicaid expansion needed two-thirds vote
Fox Business
A judge will hear arguments July 10 on whether the main funding source for Arizona's Medicaid expansion was legally enacted. The order from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper released Friday comes nearly two months after the state Supreme Court dealt former Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid plan a severe blow by allowing a lawsuit challenging the plan to proceed.
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Kansas House leaders reluctantly agree to Medicaid expansion hearing
Kansas Health Institute
The odds that the Kansas Legislature will pass a Medicaid expansion bill this session remain long. But they improved Thursday, however slightly, when conservative Republican leaders agreed to allow a hearing on expansion to avoid an immediate vote on the House floor.
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Utah governor criticizes House decision on Medicaid plan
The Associated Press via KSL-TV
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert sternly criticized the state House on Thursday for circumventing what he considers the proper legislative process and deciding not to consider his plan for expanding Medicaid. While calm and composed, Herbert didn't hide his displeasure with the House decision. He vowed to continue negotiating during the final two weeks of session — but didn't rule out calling for a special session later or taking executive action.
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Medicaid fight may cost Florida $1 billion federal grant
The Associated Press via WJXT-TV
Florida is scheduled to lose $1 billion in federal health funds at the end of June, a hole in the state budget the legislature must fill in its upcoming session if a settlement isn't reached between the administrations of Gov. Rick Scott and President Barack Obama.
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Georgia Medicaid official picked for top job
Georgia Health News
The Georgia Department of Community Health has tapped a current official to become the state's new Medicaid chief. inda Wiant has served as pharmacy director for Georgia Medicaid since August 2011. Her new appointment is effective March 16. She replaces Jerry Dubberly, who left the position of Georgia Medicaid director in January to take a job in the private sector.
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Georgia doctors urge larger Medicaid pay increase
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
House lawmakers this week voted to increase Medicaid payments to primary care doctors and OB/GYNs. But the roughly $4.5 million in additional funds falls far short of the $60 million Georgia doctors say they need to be able to meet the needs of Medicaid patients across the state.
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More than 1 in 4 foster kids miss required checkups
Kaiser Health News
Twenty-nine percent of children taken from their families and placed in foster care failed to receive at least one required medical checkup, the Health and Human Services Department Office of the Inspector General said in a report. Such screenings can help spot health problems, including troubles with vision, hearing, development and mental health issues.
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When healthcare is far from home
Kaiser Health News
In many tiny towns, lacking insurance is not the biggest obstacle to care. Even before Obamacare took effect, about 4 of 5 people were insured. What's ailing some of these people is geography — that, and poverty.
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Mar. 11 Webinar Wednesday: 'Seismic Changes in Pharmacy Creating Unprecedented Trend Increases'
Express Scripts
The trend of Medicaid health plans managing their pharmacy benefits not only control costs, they achieve better outcomes for their members. Successful plans are employing smarter pharmacy strategies in the form of formulary management, tighter requirements around compound medication use and interventions to improve quality of care. On the heels of the upcoming release of the 2014 Express Scripts Drug Trend Report, please join Krista Ward, senior director of Medicaid, as she shares trends driving prescription drug costs and best practices for Medicaid plans to align patient care and benefit affordability.
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday: 'Health Plans Leave Money on the Table When They Fail to Effectively Audit, Track Rx Drug Claims' by Deloitte?
MHPA
For a copy or for further information, please contact Rupal D. Patel. For copies of other past webinars, visit here.
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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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MHPA's Legislative Fly-In | May 11 | Washington, DC
MHPA
Join us for MHPA's Legislative Fly-In, scheduled May 11 and 12 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, to educate lawmakers on our industry and its key issues.

Click here for reservation information.

For details, please contact Nikida Levy via email or by phone at 202-857-5720.

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Medicaid Managed Care Congress: May 20-22 in Baltimore
Medicaid Managed Care Congress
At the Medicaid Managed Care Congress, government officials, health plan executives and other key players of the healthcare ecosystem come together to hear new case studies from industry peers and expert insights from state and federal regulatory bodies. This event will discuss the successes and challenges of implementation of major ACA provisions, delivery reform and payment reform and states pursuing better value. Use code XP2026MHPAB for a 15 percent discount.
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Job opportunity: Physician contract negotiator | Chicago
Aetna
Negotiates, re-negotiates and executes physician and/or provider contracts in accordance with company standards in order to maintain and enhance provider networks while meeting and exceeding accessibility, quality and financial goals. Medicaid and Medicare contracting experience strongly preferred. Enter Requisition #22158.
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Job opportunity: Clinical director, Homecare & Managed Care
First Quality
First Quality, a leading manufacturer of disposable home health care products, is seeking a clinical director for our Homecare & Managed Care Business. This candidate will provide leadership and have a focus on clinical education, utilization management protocols and programs and operational program development within home care and managed care markets.
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