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Insurance tax in healthcare law could cost states $15 billion
The Hill
Groups on both sides of the healthcare debate are lobbying Congress to scale back a tax in President Barack Obama's healthcare law that could end up costing the states billions of dollars. Supporters and opponents of the healthcare law are both eyeing changes to the law's tax on insurance plans, which could cost the states nearly $15 billion.
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GOP governors to Congress: Exempt Medicaid plans from ACA insurance tax
InsideHealthPolicy.com
The Republican Governors Association is urging lawmakers to exempt Medicaid managed care plans from the health reform law's controversial health insurance tax set to go into effect in 2014. The insurance industry as a whole has been working to repeal the tax, and Medicaid managed care plans also back a full repeal but say they would support a narrower exemption for Medicaid plans if that is the only option.
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Co-author of Obama healthcare law sees 'huge train wreck' in implementation
The Washington Post
A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Barack Obama's healthcare law stunned administration officials, saying openly he thinks it's headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation.
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Hospitals lobby hard for Medicaid expansion
The Pew Charitable Trusts
With billions of dollars at stake, hospitals are lobbying hard for Medicaid expansion in Columbus, Ohio, Tallahassee, Fla., and other state capitals where state legislators oppose the extension of the program to some 17 million Americans.
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New Jersey Medicaid expansion seen as on schedule
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New Jersey is gearing up for a huge expansion of its Medicaid healthcare plan for the poor, and despite uncertainty over federal eligibility requirements, new enrollees are expected to begin receiving services by the Jan. 1 deadline, Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez said.
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Panel OKs 2 different Florida Medicaid proposals
The Associated Press via Herald-Tribune
A Senate panel has passed two different proposals to expand health insurance for low-income Floridians under the federal health law, leaving billions of federal dollars at stake. With less than three weeks remaining in the legislative session, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are still on separate pages in either accepting an estimated $55 billion from the federal government to offer health coverage to more than 1 million residents or to rely on state funds covering only about 115,000 residents.
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Iowa Medicaid expansion takes center stage at Statehouse
Des Moines Register
A parade of Iowans took turns at the Statehouse arguing for expanding the state's Medicaid health insurance program for the poor or for accepting an alternative plan proposed by Gov. Terry Branstad. The issue is one of the most controversial issues remaining before the legislature this year, and it could affect whether tens of thousands of poor Iowans have insurance next year.
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Kansas Medicaid expansion advocates setting sights on next year
Kansas Health Institute
Advocates pushing Kansas officials to expand Medicaid acknowledge it is unlikely they will achieve their goal this year. However, they said they remain hopeful they can convince Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators next year to make more Kansans eligible for the program.
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Montana Senate Dems, handful of Republicans roll new Medicaid program into 'compromise' bill
Billings Gazette
In dramatic fashion, Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans defied the body's GOP leadership to cram a Medicaid proposal into a bill that would use federal dollars to buy private health insurance for thousands of uninsured, low-income Montanans.
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5 questions: APTA Chair Flora Castillo
METRO Magazine
Flora M. Castillo officially became the 2012-2013 chair of the American Public Transportation Association at the start of the APTA Annual Meeting last October in Seattle. Castillo also serves as the vice president of corporate public relations at AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, one of the largest Medicaid Health Plans in the U.S.
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'Blurring Boundaries: Considering the Role of Medicaid-oriented Health Plans in 2014 and Beyond,' a free webinar by Deloitte Consulting | April 24 | 3 p.m. EST
MHPA
As 2014 nears, many states are grappling with their approaches to Medicaid expansion, the expanded use of managed care to cover new categories of Medicaid beneficiaries and coverage of subsidized individuals through their exchanges. At the same time, HHS is providing greater flexibility to states to help maximize the scope of coverage expansion and help minimize churn between Medicaid and subsidized exchange programs. As Medicaid health plans navigate this uncertainty, they should consider the impact of the expanding scope of subsidized coverage and the evolution of traditional Medicaid norms and boundaries.

This presentation will explore the strategic and operational implications for health plans as they address major changes ahead, including: the evolving subsidized coverage landscape for managed care in Medicaid and exchanges; exchanges as a potential future channel for Medicaid enrollment and plan selection; the possible convergence of the Medicaid and subsidized individual exchange markets in some states, including Medicaid bridge plan and premium assistance approaches.

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MHPA's Joe Moser calls for repeal of insurer fee
The Hill
Groups on both sides of the healthcare debate are lobbying Congress to scale back a tax in President Barack Obama's healthcare law that could end up costing the states billions of dollars. Supporters and opponents of the healthcare law are both eyeing changes to the law's tax on insurance plans, which could cost the states nearly $15 billion.

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Healthcare and military spending bear the brunt of proposed cuts
The New York Times
President Barack Obama's effort to control federal spending would require the largest cuts from the government's biggest programs — healthcare and the military — while preserving or increasing spending on favored initiatives like early education, manufacturing and research.

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Thousands could be kicked off Medicaid in some states
The Washington Post
At a time when most states are preparing to expand their Medicaid programs in line with the new healthcare law, tens of thousands of people in states with historically generous Medicaid coverage could soon be kicked off the rolls.

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    Tens of thousands could be kicked off Medicaid in historically generous states (The Washington Post)
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