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Details could come for new 'Cures' bill
The Hill
Senior members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are close to completing a new draft of their long-awaited 21st Century Cures bill, which could be released as early as Wednesday. Committee chairman Fred Upton and ranking member Diana DeGette are expected to release the latest draft of the legislation after a joint trip to Upton's home state of Michigan to promote their initiative, which aims to speed up the development of new medicines and treatments.
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CMS names Wachino permanent Medicaid chief
Inside Health Policy (subscription required)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services named Vikki Wachino director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services on Friday, April 17. The National Association of Medicaid Directors applauded the move.
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Discounted hotel rooms for MHPA's DC Legislative Fly-In still available
MHPA
Join us for MHPA's Legislative Fly-In, scheduled May 11 and 12 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, to educate lawmakers on our industry and its key issues. Special guest speaker is Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

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CMS takes tougher Medicaid stance to Texas
Modern Healthcare
Texas officials and the Obama administration are nearing a showdown over Medicaid expansion that threatens billions of dollars of federal funding that helps healthcare providers care for low-income Texans and improve the quality of care.
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Missouri Republicans inch forward on Medicaid 'reforms'
The Associated Press via The Baltimore Sun
Missouri Republicans said early in the session Medicaid expansion was a non-starter again this year and despite Democratic attempts to address the issue using amendments and protests, they've stuck true to their word. But Republican leaders have also said they want to see reforms to the Medicaid system. Some tweaks to the state's Medicaid system are moving forward, including proposals encouraging the use of telemedicine, a raise to the asset limit for people with disabilities and more stringent policing of eligibility.
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Medicaid expansion on way to Montana governor's desk
Great Falls Tribune
Saturday morning the Montana Senate gave final approval to Medicaid expansion with a 28-21 vote. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ed Buttrey, now heads to the governor's desk. Gov. Steve Bullock praised passage of Buttrey's HELP (Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership) Act. He said the partisan fighting that sank the bill during the 2013 session threatened to do so again but "Democrats and responsible Republicans stuck together and shepherded the bill to final passage."
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Utah governor plans Washington visit for more Medicaid talks
The Associated Press via The Baltimore Sun
Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he and some Republican state lawmakers are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., at the end of April with the hope of working toward a Medicaid expansion deal.
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After budget, Alaska legislators' work still might not be done
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Efforts to reach agreement on a state spending plan continued Monday, as the Legislature went into overtime. But even after a budget is finalized, legislators' work may not be done. Gov. Bill Walker has indicated he could call a special session if lawmakers don't address Medicaid expansion before adjourning.
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April 29 Webinar Wednesday: 'One Member, One Community, One Day at a Time: Guiding Principles for Person-Centered Care'
Project Transition
Focus on implementing organizational and individual change from a strength-based perspective with a focus on the concepts of "One Member, One Community, One Day at a Time." Join Luke Crabtree, chief executive officer at Project Transition, who will provide concepts and tools that support professionals working directly with persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders, including the identification of strengths in the change implementation process and data use to show positive outcomes in behavioral health.
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Medicaid Managed Care Congress: May 20-22 in Baltimore
Medicaid Managed Care Congress
At the Medicaid Managed Care Congress, government officials, health plan executives and other key players of the healthcare ecosystem come together to hear new case studies from industry peers and expert insights from state and federal regulatory bodies. This event will discuss the successes and challenges of implementation of major ACA provisions, delivery reform and payment reform and states pursuing better value. Use code XP2026MHPAB for a 15-percent discount.
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Job opportunity: Clinical director, Homecare & Managed Care
First Quality
First Quality, a leading manufacturer of disposable home healthcare products, is seeking a clinical director for our Homecare & Managed Care Business. This candidate will provide leadership and have a focus on clinical education, utilization management protocols and programs and operational program development within homecare and managed care markets.
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