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Few clues from Roberts on fate of Obamacare at Supreme Court
The Hill
The Supreme Court appeared deeply divided Wednesday on whether to curtail subsidies under Obamacare, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy providing few clues about where they might fall. Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in favor of Obamacare in 2012, was unusually quiet during the oral arguments, prompting CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin to declare the chief justice's views of the case "almost entirely a mystery."
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No Medicaid expansion? No problem for many safety-net hospital profits
Kaiser Health News
Hospitals that treat many poor and uninsured patients were expected to face tough financial times in states that did not expand Medicaid under the federal law known as Obamacare. That's because they would get less Medicare and Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act, while still having to provide high levels of charity care.
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Utah House agrees to hear governor's Medicaid plan
The Associated Press via Daily Herald
Utah's Republican-controlled House of Representatives has reversed course and decided to consider Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid plan, despite comments from the Republican House speaker that the measure had no support and would not be heard. A panel that assigns bills to House committees sent Herbert's Medicaid proposal and a House alternative forward on Tuesday, setting up both proposals for a hearing this week.
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California lawmakers announce renewed push for Medi-Cal funding
Los Angeles Times
California lawmakers and advocates are gearing up for a new chapter in the battle over the state's healthcare program for the poor. They announced new legislation on Wednesday that would pump more money into Medi-Cal, which has expanded to cover more residents even while suffering from recession-era funding cuts.
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Wisconsin Medicaid expansion event brings out lawmakers
The Associated Press via KTOO-FM
Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Wisconsin Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it.
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Slow start for ambitious New York Medicaid initiative
Capital
One of New York's most ambitious initiatives to reform its Medicaid program and improve care for its costliest patients has enrolled just a few hundred people during its first two months of operation, while nearly 30,000 people have opted out of the program, the state health department said.
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March 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: 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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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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