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MHPA letter to Congress on deficit reduction via
care coordination, repeal of insurer fee

MHPA
On March 20, MHPA wrote to Montana Sen. Max Baucus, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Michigan Rep. Fred Upton and California Rep. Henry Waxman on ways to reduce the federal deficit while strengthening Medicaid's long-term viability.
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AHIP supports Senate legislation to repeal ACA's health insurance tax
America's Health Insurance Plans
America's Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni released a statement in support of the Jobs and Premium Protection Act introduced by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to repeal the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax.
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Sebelius: ACA more bang for a buck
Politico
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the Affordable Care Act is helping consumers get "a better bang for their buck," despite steep rate hikes in some states. In California, the insurance commissioner is challenging some rate hikes of more than 20 percent. Some insurance companies have blamed price hikes on a new health insurance tax included in the law that starts in 2014.
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Poll: Voters still don't know what's in Obama health law
The Hill
Three years after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the public continues to have a poor understanding of the reforms and how they will affect them. The latest tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the public still doesn't understand what's in the healthcare law — and what voters do know is mostly negative.
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Horizon NJ Health tops all Medicaid-managed care plans in New Jersey with
highest overall compliance scores

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Horizon NJ Health, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, has achieved a 96 percent overall compliance performance score, the highest of all New Jersey's Medicaid-managed care plans, according to the recently released 2011 NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid HMO Performance Report.
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Bill would raise feds' contribution to DC Medicaid
The Hill
A new measure from District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton would raise the federal government's contribution to Medicaid in the District by five percent — a step advocates say is sorely needed for the city without a state. Norton drew a contrast between D.C. and New York City, which pays less than 25 percent of its total Medicaid bill.
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Maine Gov. LePage asks 10-year guarantee on Medicaid expansion
The Associated Press via SeacoastOnline.com
The LePage administration is asking the federal government to pick up 100 percent of Maine's costs of expanding Medicaid for 10 years, if Maine is to agree to the expansion through the national health insurance law.
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Dems: Rejecting Medicaid expansion will hurt Mississippi's rating
Mississippi Business Journal
Mississippi House Democrats said that the state could hurt its own financial standing if it rejects Medicaid expansion, but Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said he's not convinced that would happen and he still opposes putting more people on the government health program.
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Wisconsin governor expects plan to reject federally funded Medicaid
The Associated Press via WMTV-TV
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker expects his plan to reject federally funded Medicaid expansion will win approval from the legislature's budget committee. Walker is proposing tightening income eligibility for the program to move more people near the poverty line into private insurance. That plan drew criticism from Democrats and even one Republican on the GOP-controlled committee.
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Kansas House OKs budget; Senate advances own plan
The Associated Press via San Antonio Express-News
Kansas senators gave first-round approval to their version of the next state budget, including language that would require legislative approval before the state could expand Medicaid coverage. The bill, which would spend $14 billion in each of the next two fiscal years, was debated for more than five hours.
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Meridian Health Plan announces new pharmacy benefit manager
PR Newswire via The Dallas Morning News
Meridian Health Plan is pleased to welcome MeridianRx as its new Pharmacy Benefit Manager. Effective April 1, MeridianRx will handle the processing and payment of prescription drug claims for the Medicaid managed care plan. Currently, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services provides pharmacy services for Medicaid beneficiaries.
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WellCare donation to benefit children with complex medical needs
South Miami News
The WellCare Community Foundation made a $5,000 donation to the South Florida Progress Foundation — the fundraising arm for PATCHES PPEC, a treatment center in Southeast Florida that provides help to families who are trying to continue working while caring for fragile children.
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Capitol Hill briefing on March 22 | 'The Healthcare Workforce: Prescription for the Future' sponsored by Centene
Alliance for Health Reform
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has the potential to greatly increase the number of insured people and change how healthcare services are delivered. What the additional coverage will mean regarding access to providers, who those providers will be and what services they will deliver are issues that affect all segments of the health care workforce. Find out more on Friday, March 22, at the Columbus Club in Union Station in Washinton, D.C.
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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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'NICU Costs, Trends, Effective Management Solutions': A free webinar by Progeny Health | April 10 at 3 p.m. EST
MHPA
Medical costs for a baby born in the neonatal intensive care unit are considerably higher than they are for a healthy newborn. With preterm deliveries on the rise and issues with overutilization, the high costs associated with babies in the NICU are impacting payers more than ever. "NICU Costs, Trends and Effective Management Solutions" focuses on managing the care of this medically complex population. Ellen Stang, M.D., the president and CEO of ProgenyHealth, will discuss a collaborative approach to NICU care management that delivers quality outcomes and reduces costs.
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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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