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Actuarial study could affect Medicaid managed-care rates; MHPA talks managed care regs with Modern Healthcare
California Healthline
The CMS has unveiled two initiatives that could significantly affect pay and operations for Medicaid managed-care plans and healthcare providers serving millions of low-income and disabled Americans. The agency has launched a study of the adequacy of how the states set payment rates to plans, which in turn affects the adequacy of reimbursements to providers, said Camille Dobson, a senior policy adviser at the CMS, at the Institute for International Research's Medicaid Managed Care Congress in Baltimore on May 21.
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Poll: O-Care still unpopular despite enrollment numbers
The Hill
Attitudes toward ObamaCare have only changed slightly despite the administration's success in enrolling more than eight million people, according to a Gallup poll. The poll found 43 percent approve of ObamaCare, but a majority disapproves of it. A Department of Health and Human Services report released in early May confirmed more than eight million people have enrolled.
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Illinois House restores some Medicaid services
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
The Illinois House has voted to expand Medicaid despite Republican concerns about how to pay for it. Lawmakers voted 75-37 to restore funding for adult dental and podiatry services. Those services were cut in 2012 as a cost-saving measure.
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North Carolina Democrats push for Medicaid expansion
The News & Observer
Yes, there are still Democrats in the General Assembly and some of them are filing bills — although many of them carrying more symbolic weight than having a chance at becoming law. Senate Bill 730, filed on the opening day of session May 14, and House Bill 1083, filed the next day, would make everyone younger than 65 who is poor eligible for Medicaid through the federal healthcare act. Previously, the GOP-controlled General Assembly passed a bill, which Gov. Pat McCrory signed, that prevented North Carolina from expanding Medicaid coverage through the federal healthcare overhaul.
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Georgia disputes report of big jump in Medicaid
Georgia Health News
Earlier this month, a consulting firm reported that Georgia's Medicaid and PeachCare programs saw a huge enrollment spike of 98,800 in the first three months of 2014. Avalere Health said the rise in beneficiaries for Georgia and 16 other states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs was due largely to the "woodwork effect."
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How much did Medicaid grow under Obamacare? Not as much as you'd think
The CT Mirror
Connecticut officials promoting Obamacare have touted the fact that more than 200,000 people signed up for health care coverage in the first six months the state’s new insurance marketplace was open. But that doesn't mean 200,000 more state residents have health care coverage. For one thing, it's not clear how many of those who signed up were previously uninsured.
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Oklahoma providers fear Medicaid cuts could limit patients' access to care
Tulsa World
The federal health insurance program for the poor known as SoonerCare in Oklahoma serves more than 825,000 people, more than 20 percent of the state's population. The vast majority of the state's Medicaid recipients have incomes below the federal poverty level, which starts at $11,670 for an individual.
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Naturopaths added to Medicaid providers in Washington state
Yakima Herald
Amanda Lewis and her husband use a naturopathic doctor, covered by their private insurance plan, as their primary care provider. But up until this year, Lewis had to pay $95 a visit for her young son because naturopaths in the state weren't authorized to be part of the Medicaid plan under which he was covered. That out-of-pocket cost was reduced to zero after state officials moved to change the rules that had previously excluded naturopaths from the health insurance program for low-income patients.
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Ohio veterans on Medicaid might have option of VA care
The Columbus Dispatch
The state is taking preliminary steps toward notifying Ohio's veterans who are currently enrolled in the state's Medicaid program that they could qualify for a potentially richer set of federal healthcare benefits. An undetermined number of Ohio's 880,000 veterans are enrolled in Medicaid, and having a formal notification program, as 15 states do, has saved some programs money.
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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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MHPA pushes insurer tax repeal, delay amendments to tax extenders bill
Inside Health Policy
Medicaid health plans want the Senate, as a part of the tax extenders package that has stalled, to take up amendments either repealing or delaying for two years the ACA health insurance tax, according to a letter recently sent to Senate Finance Committee leadership.

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Indiana governor promotes alternative healthcare proposal
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said President Barack Obama's healthcare law must be repealed, but he also urged his fellow conservatives to offer alternatives to the president's policies.

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June 4 Webinar Wednesday: 'Stop the Bleed: A Hemophilia Update' by PartnerRe
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday's 'Medication Monitoring in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUD)' by Millennium Laboratories? Get the slides, other webinar presentations free
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150 days until mhpa2014: New info for exhibitors
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. Check out our exhibitors page for all the info you need for a successful trade show experience.

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