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Obama administration still silent on $37 billion Obamacare tax endangering Medicaid plans
The Daily Caller
The Obama administration still hasn't directed states on how to pay for $37 billion in Obamacare taxes that will hit state Medicaid programs and potentially put them afoul of federal law, according to a letter from an industry trade group.
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Insurers to publish healthcare prices online
The Hill
Three major health insurance companies have agreed to publish their healthcare prices in a free online portal starting next year. The unprecedented move is designed to boost transparency in the U.S. healthcare system, notorious for its hard-to-access and seemingly random prices.
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Another breezy hearing for Obama health pick
The New York Times
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of health and human services, appeared to be on a swift path to confirmation after she sailed through another cordial congressional hearing without promising significant changes in federal health policy or regulations.
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday's 'Effective Administration of Dual Eligibles' by TriZetto? Get the slides, other webinar presentations free
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Another conservative governor finds a way to expand Medicaid
The Washington Post
It looks as if Indiana is about to join the list of red states signing up for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Republican Gov. Mike Pence, after months of discussions with the Obama administration, is offering a new plan to expand coverage to low-income uninsured Hoosiers. As expected, he's doing it through an existing state insurance program for adults that's been championed by some conservatives.
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Obamacare brings expanded coverage and higher costs to California
Los Angeles Times
Enrollment in California's healthcare program for the poor has soared as the state implements President Barack Obama's federal overhaul, pleasing advocates who have sought expanded coverage but also presenting new costs for the state.
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Arizona governor asks state Supreme Court to throw out Medicaid
expansion challenge

The Arizona Republic
VideoBriefGov. Jan Brewer is making one more attempt to kill a lawsuit that challenges the expansion of the state's Medicaid program. Brewer and Tom Betlach, who oversees the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to review a state appeals court ruling from earlier this year that said three dozen lawmakers who opposed the expansion do have the authority to challenge it in court. Brewer and Betlach argue that the lawmakers lack legal standing.
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Did not expanding Medicaid benefit Utah health insurers?
The Salt Lake Tribune
Conservative angst about Obamacare didn't stop Utahns from shopping the online insurance marketplace, www.HealthCare.Gov. Nearly 85,000 Utahns found health plans on the exchange, outpacing the enrollment of similar-size states, such as Arkansas, Kansas and Iowa. Why? One theory: Because Utah has still not decided whether to expand Medicaid, some low-income residents resorted to buying coverage on the exchange.
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North Carolina governor's healthcare budget contains many trims,
small additions

North Carolina Health News
On the same day lawmakers at the General Assembly started their work for the short legislative session, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory presented his budget adjustments for the 2014-15 fiscal year. In a plan that McCrory said covers the Medicaid shortfall while also giving raises to teachers and state employees, the governor proposed a total budget outlay of $20.9 billion for the coming year, $5.01 billion of that covers funding for the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Growing pains for Medicaid managed care expansions
Healthcare Payer News
Although they're not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas, Florida and other states are expanding managed care, bringing insurers opportunities as well as challenges, including competition from provider-based health plans.

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FDA drug chief: Drug cures progress could require 'down payment'
Inside Health Policy
FDA's top drug official, responding to criticism about the high price of breakthrough drugs, said the agency is driving toward cures for diseases like cancer and hepatitis, but there will be a transition and possibly "a big down payment" required.

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$1,000 hepatitis C pill a tough miracle to swallow
San Francisco Chronicle
Three decades ago, Scott Barnes needed luck to survive the bullets and bombs of the Vietnam War. Today, his life depends on a beige, $1,000 pill. Hailed as a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C, Sovaldi could help more than 130 million people across the globe who suffer from the disease.

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164 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.

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May 21 Webinar Wednesday: 'Transitioning to Managed Care for Individuals Receiving Long Term Services Support' by Deloitte
Deloitte Consulting
The Long Term Services Support population is undergoing a dramatic change as states and plans transition home and community-based services and nursing home services from a fee-for-service system to a managed care system. Jim Hardy and Jim Jones, both specialist leaders at Deloitte Consulting LLP, will focus on some of the key capabilities organizations should develop to overcome challenges in the areas of provider contracting, risk management and targeted care models.
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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.

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