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New Hampshire the latest state to flip on Medicaid expansion
National Journal
Medicaid expansion is set to be approved in New Hampshire. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted to pass its own version of expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The five members who voted against it are Republicans. The bill is expected to pass in the Democratic-led House and is supported by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.
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Health insurance tax revenue an option to fund healthcare law
Kaiser Health News
Just in case Congress doesn't pass President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget plan, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say they have other options for finding the money they need to implement the healthcare law. The law is expected to generate $1.2 billion in user fees — including those on health insurers who participate in its online marketplaces, or exchanges.
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Top CMS official to resign at month's end
The Hill
A top official charged with implementing the Affordable Care Act will resign at the end of the month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner told her staff in an email.
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Arkansas House votes to extend health insurance program
The New York Times
The Arkansas House of Representatives voted to let the state keep taking federal money for the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare law and using it to buy private insurance for poor people.
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Changes to Medicaid plan expected by Arkansas officials
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Arkansas state officials said they'll spend the coming weeks focusing on proposals the state must submit to the federal government to alter a program approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal healthcare law.
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Virginia House Republicans up political ante, call for special session on
Medicaid expansion

The Washington Post
House Republicans have called for a special legislative session on Medicaid expansion, a surprise move meant to extricate the issue from the state budget, avert a potential government shutdown — and put Democrats on the defensive.
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4 states maneuver on Medicaid expansion
The Washington Post
Faced with the prospect of tens of millions — if not hundreds of millions — in federal funding, states are racing to find politically palatable ways to expand Medicaid. There are four states moving toward — or, in one case, away from — expanding Medicaid to cover those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line.
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New Jersey governor: Tired of Obamacare? 'Elect a new president'
Politico
VideoBriefNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some advice for a constituent worried about Obamacare: "Elect a new president." The exchange occurred during a town hall-style event the same day that the GOP governor, a potential White House hopeful, came under fire for his own support for Medicaid expansion under the healthcare law.
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For some new Medicaid clients in Connecticut, delays getting care, prescriptions
The CT Mirror
Connecticut Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri said problems with Medicaid are now the most common reason people call her office. Often, the calls come from people who qualified for the newly expanded part of Medicaid, known as HUSKY D, but don't have an ID card and are wondering if they can seek care yet. People who are deemed eligible for the program receive a letter to use as proof of coverage until their Medicaid cards arrive, but some have found that some pharmacies and doctors won't accept it.
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Feds reject South Dakota governor's partial Medicaid plan
Argus Leader
Republican leaders in South Dakota had hope that the U.S. government would let them cover only half the people federal law calls on South Dakota to add to Medicaid. In a conference call involving legislative leaders from both parties and federal Medicaid chief Cindy Mann, however, South Dakota officials were told their request for a partial Medicaid expansion would not be allowed.
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Utah governor: Special session may be needed on Medicaid expansion
Deseret News
After pitching his plan personally to GOP lawmakers, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said the details of how Medicaid expansion money would be used may have to be sorted out in a special session of the legislature. But the governor said he expects "clear direction" before the 2014 legislature ends March 13 to start negotiations about how the state can use what he says is $258 million available under Obamacare.
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Utah Democrats offer full Medicaid expansion bill
Deseret News
A Democratic plan to take the full Medicaid expansion available under the Affordable Care Act surfaced as the Utah legislature's GOP majority remained split over competing proposals from their ranks and Gov. Gary Herbert.
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Pro-Medicaid GOP governors well placed for re-election
Politico
Conservative activists threatened revenge for Republican governors who boosted Obamacare. Now it appears they were mostly blowing smoke. Around the country, Republicans who defied the base and embraced Obamacare's massive expansion of Medicaid are better positioned for re-election than those who did not. None has garnered a serious primary challenge so far, and even Democrats have struggled to field strong contenders to take them on.

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Health centers see threat from 'Private Option' Medicaid
Politico and Kaiser Health News
In a sleepy Mississippi River Delta town in eastern Arkansas, the community health center that opened in 2012 stands out among the downtown's mostly abandoned buildings constructed over a half century earlier. The 15,000-square-foot brick building with its two-story lobby and green awnings was paid for through a $2.8 million grant from the Affordable Care Act.

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Governors suggesting that Obamacare here to stay
The Associated Press via
The Washington Post

While governors from Connecticut to Louisiana recently sparred over how best to improve the nation's economy, governors of both the Democrat and Republican parties shared a far more pragmatic outlook on the controversial program — Obamacare — as millions of their constituents begin to be covered. Governors suggest that President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul is here to stay.

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mhpa2014 sponsorship opportunities now available
MHPA
Save Oct. 26-28 for mhpa2014 at the new Marriott Marquis/Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Our conference, "Making It Personal: Focusing on the Enrollee in the Tangled Era of Health Reform," will put the spotlight back on the Medicaid beneficiary. Agenda, registration and hotel information will be available soon. In the meantime, visit our sponsor page for mhpa2014 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities.
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Michigan's statewide health information-sharing capabilities expand with Meridian Health Plan increasing payer participation
PRNewswire via WGCL-TV
Meridian Health Plan, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in Michigan, announced that it has joined the state's collective effort to enable secure, electronic sharing of health information as a new Qualified Data Sharing Organization with MiHIN, the state-designated entity for the exchange of health information statewide in Michigan.
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Recent webinar presentations from Avalere (3/5), Navigant, PwC and others available free on MHPA website
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View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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March 19 Webinar Wednesday — 'Challenges in Managing Medicaid MCO Populations: New Strategies and Technology' by Deloitte
MHPA
Medicaid expansion and an increased focus on the care and costs associated with dual eligibles are providing Medicaid Managed Care Organizations with new opportunities to provide comprehensive care across multiple populations. This discussion will highlight the challenges associated with serving these populations and will also recommend a data paradigm to support the integration of data sources to support care management and control costs.
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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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Highlights include: CMS Keynote speakers, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, Jeff Myers, MHPA's president and CEO, Jonathan Karl, 18+ health plan case studies from MajestaCare, Molina Healthcare, Cigna-Health Spring and more, eight intimate round table discussions with government officials and 12 never-before-heard presentations across three unique tracks.

Save 20 percent with your MHPA code: XP1926MHPA. Visit here to register today!

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2013-2014 Best Practices Compendium on sale
MHPA
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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