Obama outlines plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid costs
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President Barack Obama rejected a Republican proposal to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid as he outlined a deficit reduction framework that aims to cut health care entitlement spending by $480 billion over 12 years. More
Document: Obama's proposal on deficit reduction - health care section
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President Barack Obama shared his plans to cut the deficit by $4 trillion in 12 years, which, according to a fact sheet distributed by the White House, includes saving $480 billion in health care costs by 2023. Obama proposes holding Medicare cost growth down by strengthening the Independent Payment Advisory Board and making Medicaid more flexible without using block grants. More
Record number of Americans get government help
One in 6 Americans are receiving help from the government, just as fiscal austerity threatens to reduce some of that aid. Soaring unemployment during The Great Recession has driven tens of millions of people to the dole. More
Diabetes stakeholders discuss how health care reform law affects patients
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Health care reform has remained a major subject of debate since President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but what the law means for diabetes care was the particular focus of a conference call with diabetes stakeholders. More
Support for Obama's health law at new lows; Medicare chief blasts GOP on vouchers
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Amid a budget debate that will affect the health care of virtually every family, a new poll finds support for President Barack Obama's overhaul at its lowest level since the passage. But in a ringing defense of Obama's policies, Medicare chief Donald Berwick pleaded for more time on the health care law, and branded a leading Republican plan "unfair and harmful" and "a form of withholding care." More
Federal Medicaid teams deployed to help states' cut costs get mixed reviews
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Earlier this year, governors — both Republicans and Democrats — asked the federal Department of Health and Human Services for greater freedom in bending Medicaid rules to make it easier to narrow gaping state budget deficits. More
Kentucky Cabinet releases Medicaid Managed Care request for proposal
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services' initiative to improve care coordination and reduce costs for the state's Medicaid program advanced with the release of a Medicaid Managed Care request for proposal through the Finance and Administration Cabinet's e-Procurement website. More
Utah earns high rankings for healthy kids
When compared with the rest of the country, children in Utah may have high potential to lead healthy lives, although conditions aren't necessarily equitable among them now, especially when it comes to health care. Children, however, can't do much about where they live, how much money their parents make or their access to health insurance, according to a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund. More
Law center defends Medicaid changes in health care overhaul law
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While several states' attorneys general have filed "friend of the court" briefs challenging the new health care overhaul law, another organization has filed a "friend of the court" brief that defends the law's changes to Medicaid. Medicaid is the public health insurance program for the nation's poor and is paid for by federal and state governments, which share the costs. Each state, however, runs its own Medicaid program. More
Event: Free HMS webinar — 'Helping MCOs prepare for HHS Inspector General Oversight Audits' — 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST May 3
Please join HMS, the nation's leader in coordination of benefits and program integrity services for payors of health care services, as they offer insights into the 2011 HHS Inspector General work plan, with discussion of six key areas of focus for Medicaid Managed Care plans. Topics include: What MCOs need to know about the 2011 HHS Inspector General work plan, How MCOs should prepare and Next steps MCOs should take. Co-sponsored by Medicaid Health Plans of America and the Association for Community Affiliated Plans. For details about topics, dates and registration, please visit www.hms.com/webinars.
Event: Register now for MHPA's Center for Best Practices' First Annual Awards Forum in Washington, DC
Register now the MHPA Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum on May 18. 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event: Insuring the under and uninsured: The Health Plan Forum on Medicaid Expansion & Health Benefit Exchanges, San Francisco
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Reaching, Servicing, and Retaining the New Enrollee Population
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Event: 19th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress — May 18-20 in Baltimore
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 and 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, M.D., acting director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
• Thomas L. Johnson, president and CEO, Medicaid Health Plans of America
• Edwina Rogers, executive director, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative
• Philip Bonaparte, M.D., 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 and 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 emailing email@example.com. Be sure to mention priority code XP1626MHPAN to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.
Event: Save the date — Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 annual meeting on Nov. 7-8, Washington, DC
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.
Internship: MHPA offering paid internship in state Medicaid policy for summer 2011 in Washington, DC
MHPA is seeking an intern to assist in state health policy analysis and tracking related to Medicaid and health insurance exchanges, with some additional administrative responsibilities. Apply by April 27. More
Employment: ValueOptions job opportunity — Vice President, Medicaid sales and business development
ValueOptions, a managed care company that specializes in management for all behavioral health issues, and mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses, seeks a Vice President, Medicaid sales and business development. For a complete position description, click here. Submit applications to Katie Haddock at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 18. If you have any questions, please call Haddock at 480.242.0442.
MHPA Center for Best Practices kicks off 'Keeping You Healthy' Video Series
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. More
MHPA's 2010-2011 Best Practices Compendium on sale now
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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