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Kaiser: Costs to public of $84,000 hepatitis C drug 'outrageous'
Reuters
Kaiser Permanente, the biggest U.S. health maintenance organization, said it is using Gilead Sciences' new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, even though its $84,000 treatment price is "outrageous." The medication is widely viewed as a breakthrough that can cure a majority of hepatitis C patients, often within 12 weeks. Analysts project 2017 sales of $9.1 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Pharma.
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Michigan, Wisconsin highlight divide on Medicaid expansion
The Washington Post
While the healthcare world was fixated on the end of Obamacare open enrollment, April 1 also marked the beginning of a new Medicaid era for two neighboring states that took very different approaches to the law's expansion of coverage for low-income individuals.
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Hundreds cram into Virginia Senate hearing on Medicaid expansion through state budget
The Washington Post
Virginia's on-again, off-again special session got rolling, as hundreds of lobbyists and activists on opposite sides of the state's Medicaid battle crammed into a Senate hearing on whether to expand the program through the state budget.
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After GOP dispute, Missouri Medicaid bill set aside
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
After a debate turned tense between two Republican senators, a bill revamping the management of Missouri's Medicaid program was set aside on April 2. The senators were at odds over whether to accept billions of federal dollars to expand health coverage for low-income adults.
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As Medicaid talks stumble, Pennsylvania governor warns of 'breaking point'
The Inquirer
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said that he might be nearing a decision on whether to pull the plug on his proposal to offer health insurance for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians. In his strongest statement on the yearlong Medicaid negotiations, Corbett said he was "reaching his breaking point" with the federal government.
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Montana court clears initiative opposing Medicaid expansion
Billings Gazette (subscription required)
The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an attempt to block state officials from approving petitions for an initiative prohibiting Montana from using funds or staff to administer the Affordable Care Act and forbidding the state from expanding Medicaid.
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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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Budget plan by GOP slashes spending, aid to low-income
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A budget plan stuffed with proposals to cut across a large piece of the federal budget recently breezed through the House Budget Committee, but healthcare coverage cuts for the middle class and low-income residents, food stamps and popular domestic programs are a nonstarter with President Barack Obama.
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Louisiana governor unveils Obamacare replacement plan
The Hill
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal released a 26-page plan on Wednesday to repeal and replace Obamacare. The plan marks Jindal's effort to portray himself as a problem-solver ahead of a possible White House run in 2016. The Louisiana governor has already met with GOP bundlers who worked on Mitt Romney's 2012 run.
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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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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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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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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 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 MTM (4/2), Deloitte (3/19), Avalere (3/5) 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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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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'Private option' for Medicaid expansion would cut some benefits (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
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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