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Veterans Affairs, California panels urge costly hepatitis C drugs for sickest patients
Kaiser Health News
Doctors should consider expensive new hepatitis C drugs for patients with advanced liver disease, including those awaiting transplants, but ask most others to wait for drugs in development, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. A California panel made similar recommendations, saying in a report to insurers, providers and consumers that immediate treatment with the new drugs, Sovaldi and Olysio, should be given to those with advanced disease, but could be delayed for others.
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North Carolina senator: ACO plan for state Medicaid doesn't go far enough
News & Observer
North Carolina Rep. Nelson Dollar, a member of an advisory committee on Medicaid changes, liked the idea of creating Accountable Care Organizations a whole lot more than his Senate counterpart, Louis Pate, did. Pate has said the plan that the state Department of Health and Human Services rolled out in February didn't go far enough.
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Tweet your health policy haikus!
MHPA
April 17 is National Haiku Poetry Day. Tweet your best health policy haikus using #healthpolicyhaikus, #nationalhaikuday and @mhpa.

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  • Medicaid health plans/Better quality healthcare/Predictable costs #healthpolicyhaikus #nationalhaikuday @mhpa
  • Health insurance Tax/Bad for Medicaid program/Repeal or delay! #healthpolicyhaikus #nationalhaikuday @mhpa
  • Sovaldi good cure/Hepatitis C patients/Why is price so high? #healthpolicyhaikus #nationalhaikuday @mhpa

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States embracing Obamacare are doing a better job of covering the uninsured, surveys show
The Washington Post
New surveys are providing a glimpse into just how many Americans have gained insurance since the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces opened in October.
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MACPAC lays groundwork for long-term care work in 2015
Inside Health Policy
Congressional Medicaid advisers have begun working on addressing concerns with long-term care and could issue recommendations on how to improve the system in one of its 2015 reports.
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Medicaid expansion endorsed by 2 Indiana lawmakers
The Associated Press via The Courier Journal
Two top Republican lawmakers representing the state of Indiana said they want to see the federal government sign off on an expansion of Medicaid through the state's healthcare plan for low-income residents, but they added that they are unsure how soon that could happen.
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Health law push brings thousands into Colorado Medicaid already eligible
Kaiser Health News
The big marketing push to get people enrolled in health coverage between October and March resulted in 3 million people signing up for Medicaid. Hundreds of thousands of those people were children who were already eligible and could have signed up even before the Affordable Care Act made coverage much more generous.

They came "out of the woodwork" to get enrolled, analysts say, thanks to the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and publicity around its new marketplaces. In Colorado, nearly 23,000 such children are now getting Medicaid. Their numbers grew Colorado's Medicaid rolls by 3 percent over last year.

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Utah governor: Negotiations moving forward with Medicaid
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
According to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, the state's low-income residents are a step closer to buying private insurance through federal subsidies. Herbert, who proposes a state Medicaid alternative to help insure 110,000 residents in the private market instead of the government program, said he is encouraged by conversations with federal officials.
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Republicans in the Virginia House reaffirm Medicaid opposition
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Virginia House Republicans are remaining resolute in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income residents of the state.
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US senator seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida
Miami Herald
Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, is making a last-ditch effort to get it done.
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Adding dental care contrasts with Missouri legislature's opposition to
Medicaid expansion

St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Kaiser Health News
Republican opposition in the state Senate has dimmed hopes that Missouri will expand Medicaid this year to cover the working poor. But agreements are percolating on what might be called Medicaid Expansion Lite.
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Missouri governor launches pro-Medicaid page on state website
Springfield News-Leader
Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has launched a pro-Medicaid expansion page on the official Missouri state website. At www.mo.gov/WePaidForIt, visitors see an interactive map of the U.S. showing what states have and have not expanded Medicaid. By hovering over each state, users can read how much federal tax revenue paid by Missourians is going to states that have expanded.
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Attorney General agrees that Medicaid initiative's fiscal note flawed in Montana
The Montana Standard
Republican Attorney General Tim Fox says he agrees with allegations that part of a voter-initiative to expand Medicaid coverage for poor Montanans is legally flawed and has asked the state Supreme Court to order it corrected.
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States battle asthma as numbers grow
Kaiser Health News
In a valley wedged between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, St. Louis often finds itself beset by a stationary air mass that only a severe storm of some kind can dislodge. St. Louis is also an industrial city with high humidity, so it's no wonder it usually makes the list of worst places for asthmatics to live. But the state has also pioneered advances in addressing asthma treatment and costs.
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CMS data: Medicaid, CHIP enrollment grows by more than 3 million
The Washington Post
More than 3 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program since October, according to recently released data, providing the first enrollment snapshot of the government-run programs for low-income people since the health insurance marketplaces opened.

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A call for pricey treatment for millions of people 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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Study: States see big disparities in Obamacare Medicaid signups
The Washington Times
Just 10 states accounted for more than 80 percent of the 3 million new Medicaid enrollees who have signed up through Obamacare this year, according to a private analysis, which reported that Florida was the only state to enroll more than 100,000 residents without expanding the federal-state entitlement under the new law.

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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday's 'ACA State Medicaid Expansion: Approaches to Alternative Expansion Models' by Deloitte?
MHPA
Get the presentation of the April 16 webinar by emailing Kimberly Donohue.

View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: View additional webinars here.

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April 30 Webinar Wednesday: 'Prediction and Prevention of Preterm Birth: A New Paradigm to Reduce NICU and Long-Term Costs' by Cervilenz Inc.
CerviLenz Inc.
Preterm birth is the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide and takes a heavy toll on families and the healthcare economy. Half of preterm births occur in "low-risk" pregnancies. What more can we do to identify these pregnancies and intervene before it's too late to avoid a preterm delivery?

Join Michael G. Ross, M.D., MPH, maternal-fetal medicine specialist and medical director at Cervilenz Inc, and obstetrician David A. Stone, M.D., as they help clinicians, policy makers and payers understand the scope and urgency of the problem, describe barriers that must be overcome and give concrete action steps that can be taken immediately to improve outcomes and realize significant cost savings.

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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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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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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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MHPA CEO Jeff Myers to speak at Medicaid Managed Care Congress 2014,
scheduled May 19-21 in Baltimore

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