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MHPA member Cardinal Health Solutions winning confidence of North Carolina officials, mental health advocates
The Charlotte Observer
Last spring Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions took control of more than $200 million in Medicaid spending for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, residents with mental illnesses, addictions, autism and similar issues. It was a controversial mandate from the state. County officials wanted to keep local control. Clients and their families feared the focus on cost control would erode care.

A year later, many Mecklenburg officials, mental health professionals and advocates say the managed care group, which already had roots in the region, is winning their confidence.
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Wolf administration to begin reorganizing Pennsylvania Medicaid plans
The Associated Press via The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's administration plans to begin transferring more than a million adult Medicaid enrollees into a single, new benefits program that it touts as a more efficient and effective way of providing healthcare for the poor, disabled and elderly.
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Discounted hotel rooms for MHPA's DC Legislative Fly-In still available
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Report: Medicaid expansion in Maine creates savings
Politico (subscription required)
Savings from expanding Medicaid in Maine, in addition to new revenues, are more than enough to offset the costs of expansion in 2016, according to a new report.
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Leaders stuck on Florida healthcare fight
Orlando Sentinel
Lawmakers made no progress Monday in settling the war over healthcare funding, as Friday's deadline for the end of the regular session loomed. The latest salvo in the battle came from Rep. Richard Corcoran, who claimed that expanding Medicaid would actually kick thousands of Floridians off federal health insurance exchanges.
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Florida chamber withdraws support of Medicaid expansion
Naples Daily News via The Tampa Tribune
As Florida Gov. Rick Scott threatens lawmakers with a special session and vetoes of their bills, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, one of the governor's biggest political allies, dropped its support of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare. The chamber's healthcare proposal had included drawing down $50 billion in federal money to expand Medicaid if the plan included spending protections proposed by the group. Scott and House Republicans oppose Medicaid expansion.
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Ohio House wants to take Medicaid authority from governor
The Columbus Dispatch
Despite conservative grumblings, House Republicans last week supported the continuation of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid expansion. But it could be the last time the administration sets eligibility guidelines for the tax-funded health-insurance program.
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Hospitals offer to share in cost of Louisiana Medicaid expansion
The Associated Press via The Baltimore Sun
As Louisiana struggles with budget troubles, private hospitals are offering lawmakers a way to draw down more federal health care dollars for patient care, but only if the money is used to expand coverage through the Medicaid program.
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Patients want say in suit challenging Arizona Medicaid plan
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Newly insured patients have asked a judge to let them help defend Arizona's Medicaid expansion in a lawsuit challenging the plan. Advocacy groups representing low-income Arizona residents say their clients should be allowed to have a say in court because Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has repeatedly said he opposes President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul law, which made the expansion possible. A Ducey administration official is the named defendant in the lawsuit, and the state is represented by outside counsel.
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Tennessee governor questions fed healthcare funding review
The Tennessean
The federal government's review of how much money it spends to help pay for the hospital costs of low-income people in Tennessee and other states that didn't expand Medicaid feels like a threat to Gov. Bill Haslam.
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House, Senate leaders ignore plea to use free time to study Alaska Medicaid
Alaska Dispatch News
As a small group of Alaska legislative leaders works on a final budget compromise here, Democrats and Gov. Bill Walker are urging lawmakers to use their spare time for hearings on expansion of the public Medicaid healthcare program and work on other pending legislation. Both Walker and the Democratic minorities in the legislature want Medicaid expanded to make about 40,000 low-income Alaskans newly eligible.
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Study: Obamacare, outreach could boost Hispanic health coverage
The Hill
A new analysis points to expanding Medicaid under Obamacare and improving outreach efforts as ways to lower the stubbornly high uninsured rate among Hispanics. The Commonwealth Fund, a health research group, finds that Obamacare is making a dent but that the rate remains high.
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