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The Partnership for Medicaid's 'Oregon: Experiment to Experience' | Friday, March 14 | Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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As Congress considers reforms to the Medicaid system in the upcoming year, we examine efforts undertaken at the state level to make the best use of limited resources. This briefing will offer rare insight into the reforms in Oregon to date, with presentations from state policy leaders, researchers and Oregon Health Plan beneficiaries. It will also detail a new partnership proposal for a nationwide framework for quality measurement in the Medicaid program.
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Should healthier patients be asked to wait to use costly hepatitis C drugs?
Kaiser Health News
New treatments for hepatitis C that cost at least $66,000 to $84,000 may work better than older drugs, but their cost undermines their value to the health system, a panel of experts said during a recent forum in San Francisco.
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March 19 Webinar Wednesday — 'Challenges in Managing Medicaid MCO Populations: New Strategies and Technology' by Deloitte
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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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Maine Senate passes Medicaid expansion bill (with managed care provision) but falls short of veto-proof majority
Sun Journal via Bangor Daily News
After more than three hours of debate on a Republican compromise to a Democratic effort to expand Maine's low-income health care program, known as MaineCare, the compromise passed, 22-13, in the state Senate. The measure failed to garner the 24 votes it would need to be considered safe from a Gov. Paul LePage veto.
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Medicaid enrollment surpasses reform goals in the state of Washington
The Associated Press via The Olympian
Washington state health officials say 202,000 adults who became eligible for Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act have signed up as of March 1. That number is well above the state's goal of enrolling 136,220 people by April 1.
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Virginia Medicaid: Republicans confident in fight
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
House Republican leaders in the state of Virginia have said the momentum is in their favor in the battle with state Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Democratic lawmakers over whether to expand Medicaid eligibility.
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Millennium Labs helps launch coalition to tackle prescription drug misuse,
abuse in San Diego

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The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS, local nonprofits, Millennium Laboratories and other partners announced today the formation of the Safe Homes Coalition that will work to inform people about the proper use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs.
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Ex-Wisconsin lawmaker leaving Walker administration as Medicaid director
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Brett Davis, a former Wisconsin lawmaker who implemented key parts of Gov. Scott Walker's response to Obamacare, is leaving the administration to take a job in the private sector. Davis has been Walker's Medicaid director since he took office in 2011 but will leave his post on March 21, according to state Health Services Department spokeswoman Stephanie Smiley. A replacement has not yet been named.
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Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizona's Medicaid expander, won't run again
The Associated Press via ABC News
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who embraced the expansion of Medicaid in the state, has announced that she will not seek a third term in office. The Arizona Constitution limits governors to two terms, but the Republican governor and her advisers have kept alive a scenario in which she might mount a longshot legal challenge to seek another four years in office.
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New plans to slow healthcare costs in Vermont
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
According to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and other top officials, more than 2,500 healthcare providers serving Vermont residents could be working together to help control costs by focusing on keeping people healthy rather than being paid to treat patients when they are sick.
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Georgia Medicaid expansion bill gets a new twist
Georgia Health News
House Bill 990 started out the day as what its sponsor called a "straightforward, one-paragraph proposal" — requiring legislative approval of any expansion of the Georgia Medicaid program. But after a committee hearing, the bill has acquired a lot of added material. It now has the original, Senate-passed foster care reform legislation attached to it.
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Sunshine health highlights a year of service
PRNewswire via KAUZ-TV
Sunshine Health, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation is pleased to release its inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility report. The report details the company's community service throughout 2013 and recognizes key Sunshine Health employees who are passionate about public service.
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Tough road for states seeking customized Medicaid expansion
Kaiser Health News
Of the 25 states that already have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, all but Arkansas, Iowa and Michigan simply added newly eligible adults to their existing Medicaid programs. That was the easiest approach. In contrast, the states that haven't yet expanded Medicaid but are considering doing so want to tailor the program to fit their own priorities — and that will take time.

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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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State Medicaid programs face millions in new fees
Governing
As states prepare their budgets for the next fiscal year, many are facing millions of dollars in new Medicaid fees under the Affordable Care Act. Starting this year, the health insurance industry will pay an $8 billion annual fee, which will grow to $14.3 billion in 2018 and keep pace with premium growth thereafter.

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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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April 2 Webinar Wednesday: 'Coordinating Non-Clinical Care for High-Risk Members' by MTM
MTM
For organizations struggling to connect nonclinical care for dual eligibles, individuals with special needs and other high risk populations, MTM, Inc.'s coordination-focused approach for home and community based services leverages extensive provider networks. MTM's approach supports health plan care managers in coordinating and connecting effective nonclinical care that improves member health outcomes while achieving plan savings. MTM's President and CEO Alaina Maciá and Vice President of Business Development Aaron Crowell will demonstrate how MTM can help fulfill your biggest challenges in coordinating care.
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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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    Could new hepatitis C drugs bust state budgets? (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
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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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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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