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April 2 Webinar Wednesday: 'Coordinating Non-Clinical Care for High-Risk Members' by MTM
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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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Michigan's expanded Medicaid for 470,000 recipients kicks off VideoBrief
Detroit Free Press
The long-awaited Healthy Michigan plan, the state's unique version of expanded Medicaid, opened on April 1, prompting some consumer advocates to plan on starting the day early to begin making calls to clients whose applications are ready. The last step: To press submit.
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Why Utah is the state to watch on Medicaid expansion
The Washington Post
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is looking for a way to join the Medicaid expansion, and that could have national implications. Herbert, whose aides have been meeting with federal officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told local media that he hopes to have a deal in place with the Obama administration by the summer.
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Medicaid expansion signed into law in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Union Leader
New Hampshire joined 25 other states in expanding Medicaid eligibility when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed Senate Bill 413 into law. The bipartisan legislation will provide health insurance to 50,000 low-income adults in a two-and-a-half year pilot program using private health insurers paid for with federal Medicaid money.
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Virginia governor: Medicaid expansion will save the state $1 billion
PolitiFact.com
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says expanding the state's Medicaid program would allow Virginia to save money by offering health coverage to 400,000 poor and disabled citizens. "PriceWaterhouse just did an analysis," McAuliffe said on Feb. 26 during his monthly radio show on WTOP in Washington, D.C. "We will save our state treasury $1 billion over the next eight years, so we can provide coverage and we can save our treasury over $1 billion, which we then can invest in pre-K and other top priorities."
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Backlog of Medicaid applications muddies debate in Virginia
Richmond Times-Dispatch
A backlog of applications for Medicaid in Virginia has become fodder for political debate over the wisdom of expanding the program in some fashion under the Affordable Care Act. Virginia officials expect more than 40,000 applications to arrive from the new federal marketplace and strain local services offices that will review them for eligibility under the state's healthcare program for the poor, elderly and disabled.
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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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Kirk, Rauner question Illinois' Medicaid expansion
Chicago Tribune
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk sharply criticized a feature of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, contending Illinois' expansion of Medicaid coverage deceives people into believing they have health insurance.
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Illinois expanded Medicaid program, Missouri didn't: How are those choices working out?
St. Louis Public Radio
For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children. Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels. But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion. Illinois is one of 25 states that went ahead with expanding the program. Neighboring Missouri did not.
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Florida public keeps pushing for expansion
Health News Florida
A campaign — that some would call a doomed campaign — to expand Medicaid for Florida's uninsured poor continued in Tallahassee with a mass lobby conducted by doctors and nurses from Miami's Jackson Hospital. They went from office to office in the state capitol seeking legislative support but got basically nowhere.
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What happens next on the health law?
USA Today and Kaiser Health News
Just because open enrollment for people who buy their own health insurance formally closed March 31 doesn't mean debate over the health law will take a hiatus. After more than four years of strident rhetoric, evidence about how the law is actually working is starting to trickle in. Here are seven things to watch before the next enrollment period begins in November.
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A glitch in Obamacare marketplace no one noticed
The Inquirer
Nearly six months after the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov, with the website running smoothly and more than 5 million people signed up as open enrollment heads to a close, a new glitch has come to light: Incorrect poverty-level guidelines are automatically telling what could be tens of thousands of eligible people they do not qualify for subsidized insurance.

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Gilead Sciences' $84,000 price for hepatitis drug is scrutinized
Los Angeles Times
U.S. lawmakers have asked Gilead Sciences Inc. to justify the price of its new $84,000 drug for hepatitis C patients amid growing concern about the high cost to taxpayers and consumers.

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AIDS group to pharma CEO: Lower your prices, or lower your pay
The Wall Street Journal
Outraged by the prices that Gilead Sciences charges for some of its medicines, an AIDS advocacy organization has succeeded in placing what is being called a unique resolution before the drug company's shareholders. The proposal ties compensation for chief executive John Martin to wider access to the drug maker's popular roster of HIV and hepatitis C treatments.

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April 9 Webinar Wednesday: 'Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: 21st Century Management' by ProgenyHealth
ProgenyHealth
Join Dr. Jerry Lee and Dr. Michael Musci of MHPA partner ProgenyHealth in a discussion about the rising incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and newer approaches for management. Through this webinar, health plans will gain a better understanding of the current state of NAS, including the rampant increase in prescription opiate use, implications of maternal treatment on the neonate, newer protocols for medical treatment of the infant and how a comprehensive case management approach can lower the length of the infant's hospital stay and improve outcomes.
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April 16 Webinar Wednesday: 'ACA State Medicaid Expansion: Approaches to Alternative Expansion Models' by Deloitte Consulting
Deloitte Consulting
This webinar discussion will highlight the approaches states are taking to Medicaid expansion and evaluate the challenges and opportunities these models provide to health plans as they attempt to navigate the complex and uncertain road ahead.
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Recent webinar presentations from Deloitte (3/19), Avalere (3/5), Navigant and others available free on MHPA website
MHPA
View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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MHPA launches health insurance tax website MedicaidTaxHurts.org
MHPA
Visit MedicaidTaxHurts.org for everything you need to know about the health insurance tax, including its effect on the Medicaid program and how it hits individual states.
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    Study: States refusing Medicaid expansion would benefit the most (The Hill)
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States: Federal exchange stalling Medicaid and CHIP applications (Kaiser Health News)

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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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