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MHPA sends letter to Medicaid directors over Sovaldi concerns
Forbes
MHPA sent a letter to state Medicaid directors over concerns on the cost of Gilead's Sovaldi, the expensive hepatitis C treatment. Read quotes and comments from Jeff Myers, MHPA president and CEO, on MHPA's letter to Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors, in the following publications:
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Illinois Medicaid moves to managed care
Chicago Tribune via Kaiser Health News
Sherry Loveless can see the promise of managed care right through her bedroom door. Saddled with multiple disabilities, Loveless, 61, has been stuck in her Rockford, Ill., bedroom for months because the doorway is too narrow for her wheelchair to squeeze through. When she moved into the house in December, firefighters carried her to the bed. Next month, thanks to a restructuring in Illinois' Medicaid program, a renovation project is scheduled to widen the door and build a ramp that will allow her access to the outside.
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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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Burwell confirmation hearing set for May 8
The Hill
President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Kathleen Sebelius as head of the Department of Health and Human Services will face the first of her two confirmation hearings, according to a Senate staffer. Sylvia Matthews Burwell will appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on May 8, a committee spokeswoman announced in an email.
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Florida Senate leader to Burwell: Seize chance to tip states on
Medicaid expansion

Inside Health Policy
The GOP leader of the Florida state Senate sees the impending departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as an opportunity to "recalibrate" the balance of authority in Medicaid and has urged secretary-nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell to seize a chance to tip unwilling states to embrace Medicaid expansion by adopting a more flexible approach to draw down federal money.
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Trio of Democrats stuck in Medicaid morass
Politico
All 21 of the nation's Democratic governors support Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid, and, for the most part, they got it done — even when the odds were against them. Three, however, did not.
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State of Pennsylvania waiting for Medicaid expansion ruling
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
While awaiting a federal decision on his request to link a work requirement to benefits under the Medicaid expansion, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has softened his rhetoric. It's an issue that has flared up in his hotly contested re-election campaign.
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Missouri governor adds new wrinkle to Medicaid expansion plan
The Associated Press via St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, with just three weeks remaining in the legislative session, has added a new wrinkle to his proposal to tap into billions of federal Medicaid dollars to expand health coverage for lower-income Missourians.
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Poll: Support for Medicaid expansion down sharply in Virginia
The Washington Post
A majority of Virginians oppose using federal Medicaid funds to expand health coverage, according to a new poll that finds public opinion has rapidly soured on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's top priority.
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Time is growing short for 100 percent Medicaid match in Tennessee
The Tennessean
Talks continue between Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's staff and federal officials about how the state can receive Medicaid expansion money, but time is running out for the state to get the full benefit.
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Lawmakers seek 1-year transition for Medicaid reimbursement changes
Inside Health Policy
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores recently applauded a bipartisan group of 49 lawmakers for urging HHS to adopt a one-year transition period for states to implement the Medicaid Average Manufacturer Price-based Federal Upper Limits that are expected to be publicized in final form in July.
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Waitlist problems delay services for about 400 disabled Kansans
Kansas Health Institute
Kansas state officials say they are prepared to move almost 400 physically disabled Kansans off the waitlist for Medicaid-funded, in-home services but cannot, chiefly because they're having problems contacting the right people.

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Forecast cut on spending for health
The New York Times
The Congressional Budget Office has reduced by one-third its estimate of how much more states will spend on Medicaid in the coming decade because of the Affordable Care Act.

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The costs of 10 top Medicaid readmission conditions
Becker's Hospital Review
Of the 10 most common readmissions conditions for Medicaid patients, septicemia resulted in the highest costs for hospitals, according to an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality statistical brief.

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180 days until mhpa2014: Registration set to open June 2014; hotel, airfare discounts now available
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. Registration will open in June, but hotel and flight discounts are available now. Click here for details.

If you're interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at mhpa2014, please check out our sponsor page.

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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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May 14 Webinar Wednesday: 'Effective Administration of
Dual Eligibles' by TriZetto

TriZetto
The dual-eligible market is growing rapidly with projected membership expected to increase by 400 percent by 2020. This market represents a significant opportunity for health plans who are able manage this complex population efficiently and effectively. Join TriZetto's Becky Erbe, vice president of government programs, and Norah Brennan, associate vice president, as they discuss roadblocks to managing duals and solutions to serve this vulnerable population.
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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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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
MHPA
The Medicaid Managed Care Congress is where government officials, health plan executives and other key players of the healthcare ecosystem come together to learn from one another. Not only will you have exclusive access to industry leaders who will guide you through the 2014 healthcare evolution, you will also have unique networking opportunities to learn from case studies that will drive your business strategy forward.

Highlights include: CMS Keynote speakers, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, Jeff Myers, MHPA's president and CEO, Jonathan Karl, 18+ health plan case studies from MajestaCare, Molina Healthcare, Cigna-Health Spring and more, eight intimate round table discussions with government officials and 12 never-before-heard presentations across three unique tracks.

Save 20 percent with your MHPA code: XP1926MHPA. Visit here to register today!

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