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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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Oklahoma Senate clears Medicaid privatization plan
The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
In Oklahoma, the plan to test privatizing the management of healthcare services to the poor narrowly passed the state Senate over the objections of opponents concerned it will lead to lower reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals.
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North Carolina officials: Medicaid proposal will slow spending, but is it enough
News & Observer
A signature proposal from North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration for changes in the state's $13 billion Medicaid program is running into opposition in the state Senate, with a key legislator criticizing the plan and recommending it be reworked.
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Medicaid budget in North Carolina still unclear; legislators frustrated
North Carolina Health News
For months, North Carolina lawmakers have been asking the state Department of Health and Human Services for numbers on Medicaid budget spending — and for months, the response has been "next month." Another month's legislative oversight meeting recently came and went, and still the word from DHHS on Medicaid spending targets was "later."
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In US, 66 percent satisfied health system works for them
Gallup
Two-thirds of Americans are satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working for them. Health insurance status is a major determinant of this satisfaction, but even one-third of those who don't have health insurance still say they are satisfied.
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Lawmaker: Obama responding with 'crickets' to GOP healthcare ideas
The Hill
Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin said that President Barack Obama is still ignoring Republican proposals to meet and discuss healthcare ideas, months after he called on opponents of Obamacare to bring him ideas on how to improve the law.
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The Northeast and the West are leading on Obamacare, in their own ways
The Washington Post
The Northeast is enrolling people in Obamacare plans at higher rates than any other region, according to recently released data. But a separate report finds that states in the West are furthest along at implementing the new law.
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Covered California enrolls nearly 1 million in health plans
Los Angeles Times
California is nearing 1 million people enrolled in Obamacare coverage, but the state's insurance exchange is still running behind in signing up Latinos and young people. In recent figures, the state said 923,832 people had picked a health plan through March 9, and about 1.5 million people have enrolled or been deemed eligible for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor.
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Thousands of young California immigrants eligible for coverage — though often, they don't know it
Los Angeles Daily News and Kaiser Health News
Tens of thousands of young immigrants in California are eligible for health coverage. But many don't know they qualify — or don't believe they will — because for much of their lives they have been all but shut out of the healthcare system. The White House announced in 2012 that young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and attended school or served in the military could apply to temporarily remain in the country without fear of deportation. The two-year status, offered under a program known as "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," can be renewed but does not include a path to citizenship.
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Virginians rally at Capitol to support Medicaid expansion
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A large number of Virginia supporters of Medicaid expansion gathered at the state Capitol to send a message to lawmakers who have blocked Gov. Terry McAuliffe's top legislative priority.
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Virginia coalition launches ads to push private health insurance option
Richmond Times-Dispatch
A coalition that includes chambers of commerce and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association launched a radio, online and social media campaign to rally support for a private option plan to expand health insurance to hundreds of thousands of Virginians.
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Arkansas GOP primaries overshadowed by 'private option'
The Associated Press Modern Healthcare
An Arkansas state treasurer candidate calls his opponent a "floor leader for Obamacare" and a state auditor hopeful accuses his rival of supporting President Barack Obama's healthcare law multiple times in the legislature.
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Glitches stall 84,000 Medicaid requests in Michigan
The Detroit News
Medicaid benefits are being delayed for tens of thousands of Michigan residents because of glitches in the insurance marketplace for new applicants, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.
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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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Democrats see healthcare opening on Medicaid
The Hill
States run by Republican governors and legislatures are slowly adopting the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, boosting Democratic hopes they can run on the issue in the midterm elections.

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Business groups split on Medicaid expansion
Kaiser Health News
With several states weighing whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health law, supporters are looking to powerful business groups to help sway skeptical state legislators. But those groups are split on the issue — just like the public at large.

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Q&A: How states are tackling 'health disparities'
The Pew Charitable Trusts
African-Americans are more likely to suffer heart disease and diabetes than whites. The cancer death rate for men is a good deal higher than it is for women. American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely to smoke tobacco than Hispanics, blacks or whites. And Native Hawaiian adults are less likely to exercise than other ethnic groups. These differences are called "health disparities," and in the last two decades, the federal government and the states have focused on eliminating them.
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Medicaid and Marketplace eligibility changes will occur often in all states; policy options can ease impact
Health Affairs
Under the Affordable Care Act, changes in income and family circumstances are likely to produce frequent transitions in eligibility for Medicaid and health insurance Marketplace coverage for low- and middle-income adults.
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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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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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MHPA CEO Jeff Myers to speak at Medicaid Managed Care Congress 2014,
scheduled May 19-21 in Baltimore

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The Medicaid Managed Care Congress is where government officials, health plan executives and other key players of the healthcare ecosystem come together to learn from one another. Not only will you have exclusive access to industry leaders who will guide you through the 2014 healthcare evolution, you will also have unique networking opportunities to learn from case studies that will drive your business strategy forward.

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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