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MHPA Sovaldi tweet mentioned on CNBC
CNBC
VideoBriefMHPA corresponded with CNBC's Meg Tirrell about Sovaldi pricing on the social media site Twitter. See her recap of the exchange.
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BIO: Healthcare budget should be bigger; PhRMA wants lower copays
Inside Health Policy
Representatives of biopharmaceutical makers who recently spoke at an event on drug prices said the government should increase the size of its healthcare budget and lower drug cost-sharing for patients, and the health insurance industry's top lobbyist complained that drug makers "are charging whatever they can get away with."
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Spurred By Sovaldi's price, drug makers and plans consider mortgaging pricey drugs; MHPA's Myers comments
Inside Health Policy
Spurred by the prospect of Sovaldi's high cost, some policy wonks are talking about letting plans and state Medicaid agencies spread the cost of expensive drugs out over several years, much like a mortgage. The idea is in the early stages of discussion, and no trade group, politician or agency is proposing it, but it is quickly becoming a hot topic of conversation, and healthcare plans are using it to insist that drug makers take on part of the risk of new products.

MHPA CEO Jeff Myers said many biopharmaceutical makers have called him to discuss the concept, and each one has a slightly different approach. Some call it mortgage, it could be handled with state bonds, and some have suggested a private-holder debt.

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MHPA to Senate Finance Committee: Don't forget the poor
MHPA
In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, MHPA reminds Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch not to lose sight of how Medicaid beneficiaries are affected by the health insurer tax as the debate continues over tax extenders bill amendment procedures.
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell approved for HHS post
Politico
The Senate Finance Committee has overwhelmingly approved Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The vote was 21-3, with opposition from Republican Sens. Pat Roberts, John Cornyn and John Thune.
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ER visits rise despite law
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Early evidence suggests that emergency rooms have become busier since the Affordable Care Act expanded insurance coverage this year, despite the law's goal of reducing unnecessary care in ERs.
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Montana: Special legislative session for Medicaid expansion, other issues?
Missoulian
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, some Democratic legislators and others have been discussing whether to call a special legislative session next month to consider Medicaid expansion and other issues, such as funding Bullock's $45 million plan for infrastructure in eastern Montana. Yet at least one Republican lawmaker involved in talks about Medicaid said it's a bad idea and that most Republicans likely would oppose it.
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House health committee rejects Louisiana Medicaid expansion
The Associated Press via The Advertiser
Efforts to expand the Medicaid program in Louisiana appear to be dead for the legislative session after a House committee rejected several bills to give government-funded healthcare to more adults.
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Poor Utahns may go without health coverage until 2015
The Salt Lake Tribune
House and Senate Republicans appear unwilling to consider any plan to expand Medicaid until next year, creating the possibility that some 111,000 low-income Utahns who otherwise might be eligible for health coverage will have to go without, possibly until late 2015.
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Virginia governor's PAC sponsors Medicaid poll
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee has sponsored a poll that shows three-quarters of voters want Republicans to either accept the governor's proposal to expand Medicaid or come up with their own plan for extending health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians.
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Vancouver Clinic to reduce Medicaid services
The Columbian
The Vancouver Clinic will no longer accept new Medicaid clients and, over the next three years, will reduce the amount of Medicaid services it provides to Clark County residents. The Vancouver Clinic currently provides primary and specialty care for more than 36,000 Medicaid clients — more than any other community Medicaid provider — as well as specialty care for those other providers.
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The politics of health in 2014 aren't what you think
Kaiser Health News
Last year, the GOP playbook for keeping the U.S. House in 2014 and winning the Senate consisted of a fairly simple strategy: Run against Obamacare. But now that the 2014 races are starting to take shape, that strategy is looking not so simple after all.
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Medicare struggling with hepatitis C cure costs
Kaiser Health News and NPR
Walter Bianco has had hepatitis C for 40 years, and his time is running out. Previous drug treatments didn't clear the virus from Bianco's system, but it's almost certain that potent new drugs for hepatitis C could cure him. However, the private insurer that handles his medication coverage for the federal Medicare program has twice refused to pay for the drugs his doctor has prescribed.

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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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Medicaid's new patients: Healthier and maybe cheaper
Marketplace
Since the launch of the Affordable Care Act last fall, some 5 million more Americans have enrolled in the nation's healthcare program for low-income people. With only half the states expanding their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, researchers believe that number would double if all 50 states moved ahead, and several new reports suggest it may be cheaper for states to go ahead than previously estimated.

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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday's 'Transitioning to Managed Care for Individuals Receiving Long Term Services Support' by Deloitte? Get the slides, other webinar presentations free
MHPA
View or listen to audio for the following webinars: View additional webinars here.
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May 28 Webinar Wednesday: 'Medication Monitoring in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUD)' by Millennium Laboratories
Millennium Laboratories
One-year substance-use disorder (SUD) treatment outcomes suggest substantial reductions in some of the most abused drugs, but can more be done? This case-based presentation will provide an overview of recent problematic trends in substance use, the strengths and limitations of different types of drug monitoring, avoiding the consequences of false negatives and false positives, interpreting unexpected results and how to make the best use of drug monitoring to set the stage for productive therapeutic interventions.
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157 days until mhpa2014: Registration rates posted
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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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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