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LePage vetoes Medicaid expansion, calls effort 'ruinous' for Maine's future
Bangor Daily News (subscription required)
As expected, Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers and dramatically overhaul the administration of the program by outsourcing it to managed care organizations
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A call for pricey treatment for millions with hepatitis C
Kaiser Health News
Authors of the first-ever global hepatitis C guidelines recently went big, advocating for worldwide use of two of the most expensive specialty drugs in the world.
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Michigan finalizes MOU for duals demonstration
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The following is a memorandum of understanding between The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Michigan Department of Community Health regarding a federal-state partnership to test a capitated financial alignment model for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.
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Barriers remain despite health law's push to expand access to
substance abuse treatment

USA Today and Kaiser Health News
The nation's health law has promised sweeping changes to help millions of people with drug or alcohol addiction get treatment. Many unable to afford services in the past now can receive them without first landing in jail or an emergency room, health officials say.
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Did you miss the ProgenyHealth webinar on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome? Download the slides and other webinar presentations free on MHPA's website
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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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Budget with expanded Medicaid passed by Virginia Senate
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
As Republicans and Democrats pointed fingers over who is responsible for a potential state government shutdown, the Virginia Senate approved its version of a two-year budget worth roughly $96 billion.
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More in Denver signed up for Medicaid than for private insurance
The Denver Post
In Denver, more than two times as many people enrolled in the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program from October through the first quarter of 2014 as those who signed up for private insurance through the state exchange, state figures show. And in Colorado and nationwide, Medicaid enrollments outpace private insurance registrants.
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US senator asks lawmakers to back Medicaid expansion in Louisiana
The Associated Press via The New Orleans Advocate
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she would meet with Louisiana state lawmakers on her visit to Baton Rouge, La., to encourage them to support the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.
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Dozens of demonstrators demand Georgia Medicaid expansion
The Associated Press via WJCL-TV
Protestors gathered outside Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's mansion to demand that the state expand its Medicaid program. The dozens of demonstrators were part of the Moral Monday group, which has held demonstrations in several states to protest laws they consider attacks on the low-income individuals.
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Lawmakers approve tougher Medicaid fraud law in Kansas
The Associated Press via KAKE-TV
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is praising state legislators for unanimously approving a measure to increase penalties for defrauding the state's Medicaid program. Schmidt said the bill also would make it easier to fine people who file false Medicaid claims.
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Medicaid programs drowning in backlog
Pro Publica
Federal health officials recently celebrated two milestones related to the Affordable Care Act. But there are growing signs that Obamacare's Medicaid expansion is a victim of its own success, unable to keep up with demand.
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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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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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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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Sponsorship opportunities now available for mhpa2014
MHPA
"Making It Personal: Focusing on the Enrollee in the Tangled Era of Health Reform," MHPA's 2014 conference on Oct. 26-28 at the new Marriott Marquis/Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C., 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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May 7 Webinar Wednesday: 'Emerging Regulatory Issues and Risk Exposures Impacting Medicaid Managed Care Plans' by Deloitte
Deloitte Consulting
As Medicaid coverage expands under the ACA, states — along with Medicaid health plans — are faced with the challenges of enrolling newly eligible beneficiaries through Health Insurance Exchanges, providing coverage to these individuals and coordinating delivery of care and benefits with other entities. The ACA has set forth regulatory guidelines for expansion which Medicaid health plans must follow.

As plans navigate this regulatory landscape, failure to comply with such regulations may have financial ramifications in addition to federal fines. This webinar will explore the emerging regulatory environment of Medicaid managed care plans and implications as they comply with state and federal compliance, security and privacy regulations.

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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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Louisiana governor unveils Obamacare replacement plan (The Hill)

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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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