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Medicaid pressures push governors to consider ways to stretch their dollars
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Across the U.S., governors are contemplating ways to ease the fiscal pressure Medicaid has placed on their state budgets. The approaches currently on the table include freezing the enrollment of childless adults, transforming Medicaid into a block grant program and convincing Congress to give states more flexibility to administer the program. More



4-H and UnitedHealthcare partner to launch Youth Voice: Youth Choice in Texas, Florida and Mississippi
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4-H and UnitedHealthcare will launch 4-H's Youth Voice: Youth Choice programs in under-served communities throughout Texas, Florida and Mississippi to help young people improve their health through exercise, diet and personal safety. More

Centene appoints Holly Benson as senior vice president of health policy and announces additional organizational changes
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Centene Corporation announced the appointment of Holly Benson as senior vice president of health policy. Ms. Benson brings more than 10 years of government and public policy experience to Centene. More

Defunding battle begins
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Lawmakers have two weeks to come up with a spending bill, and health care will hold a prominent role in those difficult negotiations. Lawmakers avoided controversial health care measures in the two-week stopgap measure recently approved, but the legislation approved by the Republican House to keep the government funded for the rest of the year would block funding for the health care reform law and Planned Parenthood. More

Number of health care reform law waivers climbs above 1,000
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The number of temporary health care reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services. More

Virginia seeks new options for Medicaid
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As the state of Virginia prepares for the influx of new Medicaid recipients predicted as part of the federal health care overhaul, Carilion Clinic is exploring expanding its insurance business to include a Medicaid managed care program. More



Legislation would move Utah Medicaid program away from fee-for-service model
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Legislation currently being considered by the Utah House of Representative's Health and Welfare Committee includes language that would move the state's Medicaid program away from a fee-for-service model to a managed care approach that awards positive outcomes, according to a Times-News report. More

What other states are doing about Medicaid
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Governors across the U.S. are grappling with the problem of Medicaid costs. But the aims of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's administration are among the most ambitious in the nation relative to the size of the state's Medicaid budget. More

North Carolina Gov. Perdue vetoes bill challenging federal health care reform
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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill that would challenge the federal health care overhaul, setting up another political showdown. Perdue said she vetoed the measure, which attempts to block a provision of the new federal law that will require most people in 2014 to buy health insurance or face a penalty, because she said the state bill violates the U.S. Constitution. More

Kentucky Gov. Beshear defends plan to balance Medicaid budget
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear defended his plan for balancing the Medicaid budget  against criticism from a Republican lawmaker who wants his job. Speaking at a Capitol press conference, Beshear said his administration can save $425 million by privatizing some Medicaid services, which would be enough to balance the budget of the program that provides medical care to more than 800,000 poor, disabled and elderly Kentucky citizens. More

Arizona Gov. considering Medicaid enrollment freeze
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Arizona is considering a partial freeze on enrollment in its Medicaid program that would take effect months in advance of a proposed eligibility cutback, but officials in Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's administration said no decisions have been made yet to implement a freeze. More



Some Utah Medicaid recipients may be required to provide community service
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Some Medicaid recipients in Utah would be required to provide community service under a program state lawmakers approved recently. HB211 creates a pilot project in which about 100 people enrolled in the Primary Care Network would be tabbed for service projects. Participants would have to be physically and mentally capable adults ages 19 to 64 who are unemployed. More

Mike Leavitt and Dan Liljenquist team up on Medicaid reform
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For each dollar the state of Utah spends in 2011, 18 cents will go toward funding Medicaid. Twice as much as what it was 13 years ago, that figure is projected to double yet again within the next seven or eight years. Critics say every additional penny that goes to an uncapped entitlement program like Medicaid means there's one less cent available to spend in discretionary areas like education. More

Boehner promises Obama GOP cover if he takes first step on entitlement reform
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Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has privately assured President Barck Obama that House Republicans will not attack him if he makes a proposal to reform entitlement spending, according to sources familiar with the offer. Moreover, Boehner has personally promised Obama that he will stand side by side with him to weather the strong political backlash expected from any proposal to cut entitlement costs. More

Grassley fights fraud in Medicare and Medicaid
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Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced legislation to build on key reforms to fight fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. The measure comes the day of a Senate Finance Committee hearing exploring ways to fight health care fraud. More

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Registration now open for MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum, keynote luncheon speaker added
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Registration for the MHPA Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum on May 18 is now open. The event at the Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C is a one-day event of industry CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and other key personnel who will discuss and honor health plans for implementing innovative best practices which have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees through high-quality care. The event will feature MSNBC Political Analyst Karen Finney as 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

Call for Childhood Asthma Best Practices from MHPA member health plans
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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 lgreenberg@mhpa.org by March 11.

Save the Date: Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 Annual Meeting is November 7-8, 2011
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This year's MHPA's Annual Meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. This year's lineup of distinguished speakers includes Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and current President of the University of Miami, and Donna Brazile, renowned Political Advisor and Media Commentator. Also for your entertainment, The Capitol Steps, an American political satire troupe, will be performing. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.

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 health care 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

• 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 e-mailing 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 e-mail at jdebois@multiview.com. More
 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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