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On health law's anniversary: Predictions for next year
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The health care law has been on a roller coaster ride since its passage, moving forward with implementation plans even as opponents throw up legal and legislative challenges to stop it in its tracks. More

Proponents, opponents continue focus on health law anniversary
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Media outlets are reporting on the politics surrounding the anniversary of the health law's one-year mark and detailing where the measure's implementation stands, how things have changed, what is yet to come and where controversies are rooted. More

White House starts weeklong reform rally
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The Obama administration and its allies launched a concerted effort to get the word out about the health care reform law's small business tax credits as employers prepare to file their taxes. An estimated 4 million small businesses could be eligible for a tax credit of up to 35 percent of their health care costs this year, according to the Small Business Administration. More

National Quality Strategy will promote better health, quality care for Americans
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. The strategy was called for under the Affordable Care Act and is the first effort to create national aims and priorities to guide local, state and national efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States. More

Florida House and Senate Medicaid reform plans differ
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Florida lawmakers are considering a massive overhaul of the federal and state program that provides health care to low-income and disabled persons that would shuttle a majority of the state's 2.9 million Medicaid clients to HMO-style plans. More

Healthy Indiana Plan expansion opposed by some
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Indiana wants to use its public health savings account program for low-income adults to cover people who will become newly eligible for Medicaid under the federal health care law beginning in 2014, but federal officials haven't yet said whether they will allow the program to continue beyond next year. More

Wisconsin health care budget and Walker health cuts called risky, unwise
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Wisconsin residents already in danger of losing eligibility for medical care and food assistance may face much longer waits for those services. Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2011-2013 state budget includes a provision to transfer oversight of Medicaid programs, including BadgerCare Plus and FoodShare Wisconsin, from the state's 72 counties to a coalition of state workers in Madison, Wis., and private businesses. More

Minnesota GOP aims to cut senior services, health care
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A House GOP health and welfare bill recently unveiled would slash spending on home care and other services for seniors and disabled people, eliminate MinnesotaCare health care for 7,200 working adults and ask the federal government for permission to cut the much larger Medicaid health plan for the poor. More

Illinois Medicaid prognosis unclear
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A year after the federal government passed historic reforms to health care, Illinois is still grappling over what its own Medicaid system will cost after the dust settles. In 2020, Illinois could be spending anywhere from $200 million to $9.1 billion for the addition of thousands of new enrollees, according to estimates from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and independent studies. More

Senate bill would fund incentives for e-health records in behavioral health
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A new bill put forward in the U.S. Senate would allow mental health and substance abuse treatment providers to receive incentive funding from Medicare and Medicaid for using electronic health records, Health Imaging reported. More

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MHPA Center for Best Practices kicks off 'Keeping You Healthy' Video Series
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Each month the Medicaid Health Plans of America Center for Best Practices "Keeping You Healthy" Video Series will feature a Medicaid health plan best practice that has affected the lives of the people they serve. Its first installment is the "Lose to Win Type II Diabetes and Obesity Education Program" by Keystone Mercy Health Plan. Click here to view the video on YouTube.

TMG Health sponsors free webinar: 'The Outlook for Medicare & Medicaid - A View From Wall Street'
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Carl McDonald, of CITI Investments will present 2 p.m. EDT. April 6.

Description: TMG Health sponsors a complimentary webinar featuring Carl McDonald, of CITI Investments, speaking on "The Outlook for Medicare & Medicaid - A View From Wall Street." Carl will address the following topics:
- The effect from an improved Medicare reimbursement outlook
- Medicare enrollment trends for 2011 & 2012
- The potential for Mergers & Acquisitions
- The state Medicaid opportunity and what health reform in 2014 means
- The effect of state budgets on plans

To register:

Contact: John Montague: 610.878.9111 x206,

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 More

Save the date: Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 Annual Meeting is Nov. 7-8
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MHPA's Annual Meeting will be held at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. 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 Be sure to mention priority code XP1626MHPAN to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.

MHPA on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
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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.

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Go to the MHPA website at 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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