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MHPA's Joe Moser presses for repeal of health insurer fee
The Hill
A newly unveiled component of President Barack Obama's healthcare law forcing insurers to pay annual fees is sowing angst in state capitols, where officials view the provision as a $15 billion tax that could disrupt Medicaid programs and other services. The health insurance providers fee, included in the healthcare reform law over the objections of congressional Republicans, is designed to raise tens of billions of dollars in the coming years.
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Florida Senate panel rejects Medicaid expansion — but it's not dead yet
The Washington Post
It was a huge coup for the Obama administration when they won Florida Gov. Rick Scott's endorsement of the Medicaid expansion. But the governor wasn't the only endorsement they had to secure: The Republican-controlled Florida legislature would also need to sign off on the expansion.
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MHPA reacts to Florida rejection of Medicaid expansion
InsidePolicyHealth.com
Joe Moser, interim executive director of Medicaid Health Plans of America, the leading trade association solely focused on representing Medicaid health plans, issued a statement after Florida's Senate Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act voted 7-4 to reject Medicaid expansion.
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Health insurers see big opportunities in health law's Medicaid expansion
Kaiser Health News
In 2014, about 10 million more people are expected to sign up for Medicaid managed care as a result of expanded enrollment under the federal health law and states shifting enrollees into private plans, according to Medicaid Health Plans of America, a trade group. For industry titans such as UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint, as well as smaller, Medicaid-focused plans such as Molina, the Medicaid expansion is expected to bring significant enrollment and revenue growth.
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MHPA and MedicAlert Foundation partner to enhance quality, care coordination at Medicaid Health Plans
MHPA
MHPA and MedicAlert Foundation, a global nonprofit and leading emergency medical information and identification network, have joined forces to improve quality of care and care coordination efforts at MHPA's member health plans. Via this partnership, Medicaid managed care organizations can better serve their enrollees while streamlining their internal practices.
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Democrats not sold on grand bargain
Politico
President Barack Obama may be thinking about a "grand bargain" to address spending and the federal deficit, but there's a key constituency he has to persuade to come along — Democrats. The talk of any deal with congressional Republicans has liberals worried the White House will give in to changes to safety net programs including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
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Republicans resume effort to repeal Obamacare
Los Angeles Times
Republicans in Congress are renewing their political assault on the nation's new healthcare law, trying to repeal President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement as part of the next battle over the federal budget. Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, last year's Republican vice presidential nominee, said his forthcoming budget proposal will include repeal of Obamacare, as his party calls it. That position puts tea-party conservatives at odds with others in the GOP who want to find common ground with Obama on the nation's fiscal woes after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the health law.
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States wrestle with new Obamacare exchanges
Politico
Wanted: States to work on Obamacare health insurance exchanges. OK to keep it sort of hush-hush. More than half the states have declared they want nothing to do with setting up or running those health insurance marketplaces opening in their states later this year. But a closer look shows that at least a few of these states, like Ohio and Virginia, may have a larger role than they're letting on.
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GOP in Arizona Is pushed to expand Medicaid
The New York Times
In the battle to get the Medicaid expansion being championed by Gov. Jan Brewer approved by the state's legislators, her closest advisers are hanging their hopes on the number eight. That is how many of the 17 Republicans in the State Senate they believe they can get on their side.
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Corbett's meeting with Sebelius about Medicaid in Pennsylvania looms large
The Sentinel
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's top Department of Public Welfare official smiled and once again offered a variation of a statement that she had made countless times already in the past 24 hours to lawmakers pressing her for answers. That path will take Corbett to Washington to meet with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about whether Pennsylvania should undertake a massive expansion of Medicaid's healthcare coverage, largely to low-income adults, under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
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Lawmakers seeking 'Texas solution' to Medicaid reform
The Texas Tribune
Momentum is building in the Capitol to find a "Texas solution" for reforming — and possibly expanding — Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for children, the disabled and the very poor. The influential House Appropriations Committee plans to discuss options for Medicaid reform.
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Bullock takes Medicaid expansion to Montana constituents
Missoulian
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is ramping up the pressure on lawmakers by taking his Medicaid expansion request, one of the legislative session's bigger issues, straight to his constituents. Bullock has been touring the state selling his proposal, and he pitched it to the Helena Chamber of Commerce. Access Health Montana would use federal money allotted in the federal healthcare bill to expand Medicaid to as many as 70,000 Montanans. The plan needs legislative approval.
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New Hampshire lawmakers host hearing on Medicaid expansion
The Associated Press via WBNS-TV
Low-paid healthcare workers who provide critical services deserve access to quality care themselves, supporters of expanding New Hampshire's Medicaid program told House lawmakers. The state is deciding whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health overhaul law to include more poor adults in addition to the children, pregnant women and other groups who are currently covered.
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2012-2013 Best Practices Compendium On Sale Now
MHPA
MHPA's 2012-2013 Best Practices Compendium is the sixth edition of our annual publication that contains Medicaid health plans' best practices, as well as helpful resource information. Get yours today ($25 for members, $30 for non-members). To order, call 202-857-5720, or email us.
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The Duals dilemma — identifying effective care management approaches to support meaningful improvement: A free webinar by Deloitte Consulting | March 27 at 3 p.m. EST
MHPA
Individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage represent one of the highest cost populations to care for in the U.S., with a diverse array of care management requirements. As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initiates demonstrations to test care integration and financing for dual eligibles, health plans are positioning for the opportunity to serve this new population while simultaneously grappling with the many new capabilities that they will need to effectively manage care for these new members. This presentation will address some of the critical care management decisions that health plan leaders should be thinking about.
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Recent webinar presentations from PwC, Deloitte, AmeriHealth Mercy available free on MHPA's website
MHPA
View PDFs or listen to audio for "The Race to 2014: Health Reform and the 30 Million Newly Insured" by PwC, "The Fiscal Cliff, ACA, and Medicaid Managed Care" by Deloitte Consulting, "Optimizing Pharmaceutical Care in a Drug Therapy Management Program" by The AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, and more.
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'Keeping You Healthy' video: Telemedicine Program by
WellPoint / Anthem Blue Cross

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VideoBrief WellPoint State Sponsored Business is the only private health plan to develop, manage and comprehensively support a statewide Telemedicine program to improve access to care in California. Telemedicine can be used by local primary care providers to obtain second opinions on difficult cases to avoid misdiagnosis and prescribing ineffective medications. It can also significantly reduce disparities and accessibility barriers. Timely access to specialty care means early identification and treatment of conditions, resulting in better health outcomes and lower health costs. Join Michael Martineau from Anthem Blue Cross and Michelle Martin from MHPA's Center for Best Practices as they discuss this innovative program.
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New compendium on diabetes care from MHPA's Center for Best Practices
MHPA
Prevention of diabetes is a key area of emphasis for health plans. Medicaid health plans' variety of diabetes prevention programs that promote physical activity, encourage healthy eating and help people maintain a healthy weight are critical to stem the rising tide of diabetes. Supported by an educational grant from Roche Diagnostics, this publication offers information on best practices in diabetes care from MHPA health plans and partner organizations. Geared primarily towards Medicaid health plans, state leaders and other policymakers, it also lists resources with website links that can help readers find information about preventing and managing diabetes.
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