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GOP bill to repeal health insurance tax earns majority
support with 6 Democrats

Inside Health Policy (subscription required)
A bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives now supports a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, with 218 cosponsors on board since Reps. Charles Boustany and Kyrsten Sinema introduced the legislation Feb. 12.

"Health plans will be paid with state and federal money to cover this tax," MHPA CEO Jeff Myers said in a statement. "The result? The government taxes itself. We applaud Congress for the progress it has made so far and encourage them to finally do away with this ill-conceived tax once and for all."
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MHPA's full statement on 218 co-sponsors of health insurance tax repeal bill
MHPA
Read a statement from Jeff Myers, president and CEO of MHPA, on reaching 218 co-sponsors of H.R. 928, bipartisan legislation that proposes to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance tax.

For more on the fee's effect on Medicaid, please visit here.

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Medicaid HMOs losing money on drugs
Health News Florida
Florida Medicaid, which has been touting its "Managed Medical Assistance" program as a national model, may want to hold off. The program, which shifts virtually all Medicaid recipients into managed-care plans, underestimated how much their care would cost.
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States enrolling newly eligible inmates in Medicaid
National Journal
Thanks to Obamacare, there's a growing population enrolling in Medicaid upon their first opportunity: prisoners. Under the Affordable Care Act, a large proportion of incarcerated adults have become eligible for Medicaid in states that have expanded their Medicaid program. They can't receive Medicaid benefits while behind bars, but many states are now working to ensure they are enrolled immediately upon reentering society. Doing that, the thinking goes, will help prevent costly emergency health care and, potentially, decrease recidivism rates.
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Discounted hotel rooms for MHPA's DC Legislative Fly-In still available
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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.

For details, please contact Terri Wallace or Hannah Lhee.

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Tennessee, Kansas also get warning: Expand Medicaid or risk
hospital funds

Kaiser Health News
Add Tennessee and Kansas to the list of states that have been warned by the Obama administration that failing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize special funding to pay hospitals and doctors for treating the poor. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed Tuesday that it gave officials in those states the same message that had been delivered to Texas and Florida about the risk to funding for so-called "uncompensated care pools" — Medicaid money that helps pay the cost of care for the uninsured.
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Special session seems imminent as Florida Medicaid fight continues
The Associated Press via The Baltimore Sun
With time running out, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday injected himself into the state's ongoing budget showdown, telling Republican legislators that he would call them back into a special session if they fail to reach a deal soon.
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Alabama Democrats pledge Senate shutdown over Medicaid issue
AL.com
Democrats in the Alabama Senate said they would try to lock down the rest of the session with filibusters because the Republican majority passed a resolution opposing Medicaid expansion.

"We tried to reach out to them, letting them know this is our No. 1 priority," said Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, the Senate minority leader. "So why burn down the house? Why cause such a train wreck over a resolution that means nothing?"

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Ohio GOP lawmaker drops idea of rogue anti-Medicaid vote
Cincinnati Enquirer
A conservative leader says he's dropped a potential plan that sought to undermine Gov. John Kasich's expansion of Medicaid through a vote Wednesday in the Ohio House.

Ohio Rep. Jim Butler had toyed with the idea of forcing a vote on a budget amendment to prohibit Ohio from spending state taxpayers' money on Medicaid expansion. The federal government has paid for the first few years of the expansion, but federal support is scheduled to start declining in 2017, or at the tail end of the 2015-2017 budget lawmakers are currently considering. Butler's legislation would have prohibited the state from paying its share in 2017.

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Pollster: Even Alaska conservatives support Medicaid expansion
Alaska Dispatch News
Alaskans from every region of the state support expansion of Medicaid, said pollster Ivan Moore, putting new pressure on legislators who oppose expansion and say they are reflecting their constituents' views.
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Uninsured rate falls by half in states that expanded Medicaid
The Hill
The number of people lacking health insurance dropped by half in the 29 states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, far more than states that did not agree to the expansion, according to new data. While all states saw major increases in coverage under Obamacare, the biggest differences were seen in states that accepted federal dollars to expand eligibility for Medicaid, according to new figures from the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey.
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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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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday: 'A Patient-Centered Approach to
Hepatitis C Management?'

MHPA
Download a PDF of the presentation here.

For additional information, please contact Henri Cournand. For additional information please visit here.

For copies of other past webinars, visit here.

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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: RN, manager, Clinical Health Services,
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Visit here and search for requisition #24937BR to learn more and apply.

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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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