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Florida Medicaid fight hits Capitol
The Hill
Congressional Republicans are stepping up their role in the fight over whether the Obama administration is forcing states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the administration last month over what he calls an effort to coerce his state into expanding Medicaid by withholding federal funds for a separate program, called the low-income pool, that reimburses hospitals for treating the uninsured.
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Louisiana House agrees to financing mechanism for Medicaid expansion
The Times-Picayune
House lawmakers gave quick, unanimous passage to a proposal that would help pay for a Medicaid expansion if Louisiana's next governor wants to provide coverage to the working poor. With a 96-0 vote Wednesday, the proposal by Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley was sent to the Senate for consideration.
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Vanderbilt poll: 64 percent favor Insure Tennessee
The Tennessean
Almost two-thirds of registered voters favor Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam's controversial health insurance plan, according to a new poll conducted by Vanderbilt University. The latest edition of the Vanderbilt poll shows 64 percent of registered voters polled favor Insure Tennessee, compared to 19 percent who oppose it. As expected, Democrats support the plan more than any other group, with 85 percent of self-identified Democrats saying they're in favor of the plan.
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Report: Thousands would lose Ohio Medicaid coverage under House plan
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio's former Medicaid director warned on Wednesday that thousands of poor children and adults would lose tax-funded health coverage under provisions the House tucked into the state budget. The plan would require most children, parents and adults to make monthly contributions to a health-savings account or lose Medicaid benefits, regardless of their income.
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More than 150,000 Ohioans to get Medicaid again after settlement
The Columbus Dispatch
More than 150,000 poor Ohioans will regain tax-funded Medicaid health coverage under a settlement on Tuesday of a lawsuit against the state. Details of the deal were released a week after a court hearing was canceled because an agreement had been reached. The dispute focused on how the Ohio Department of Medicaid conducted an annual process to determine whether beneficiaries remain eligible for the government health coverage.
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Alaska legislators dwell on failings in third hearing on Medicaid expansion
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The third day of hearings on Medicaid expansion held by the House Finance Committee in Anchorage, Alaska, this week sounded much like the first two days. Legislators continued to question the administration on the failings of the Medicaid provider payment system, with little attention paid to other elements of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's Medicaid bill.
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North Carolina state audit says former DHHS manager wasted money hiring people she knew
The Charlotte Observer
A retired North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services manager wasted more than $1.6 million by hiring as temporary employees a dozen people whom she personally knew and paying them too much, according to a state audit released Wednesday. The audit does not name the manager, but Angie Sligh was head of the office that managed information systems for Medicaid in the period covered by the audit. She retired earlier this year.
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday: 'Using Smart Texting Campaigns to Engage Medicaid Beneficiaries and Improve Quality'
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June 10 Webinar Wednesday: 'Integrating High-Risk Member Care with Risk Adjusted Revenue for Medicaid Members and Dual Eligibles'
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June 17 Webinar Wednesday: 'The Latest Trends in OHI Discovery and Cost Avoidance for Payers of Last Resort'
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Why "pay and chase" when you can cost avoid? It's not easy to discover if a Medicaid enrollee has primary commercial coverage at the point of sale — costing time and money, chasing reimbursements for claims that others should have paid. On average less than 17 percent of the dollars billed to primary insurers are paid back to Medicaid plans that paid claims in error. This webinar will focus on a very unique and powerful data source that has the potential to revolutionize the way Pharmacy & Medical OHI (Other Health Information) is discovered. Cost avoidance is more attainable than ever before. Capture savings by having the latest active insurance coverage information available to you, in real time.
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Medicaid Managed Care Congress: May 20-22 in Baltimore
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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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