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Senate approves Burwell to take over health agency
USA Today
The Senate approved Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become the next head of the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency responsible for implementing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

While Republicans continued to argue that the Affordable Care Act is a flawed act that should be repealed, Burwell easily passed the 51-vote threshold for confirmation, as 78 senators voted in her favor and 17 against.
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MHPA statement on confirmation of Burwell as HHS secretary
MHPA
Jeff M. Myers, president and CEO of MHPA, the leading national trade association representing the Medicaid managed care industry, issued a statement on Sylvia Mathews Burwell's confirmation as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Medicaid MCO tax scheme under fire
Healthcare Payer News
The practice of taxing Medicaid managed care organizations to raise revenue for state-share payments has left some auditors scratching their heads, raising questions that could shake up financing models.
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Medicaid enrollment surges by more than 1 million in April
Kaiser Health News
Medicaid enrollment surged by more than 1 million people in April, bringing the total growth in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor since September to about 6 million, the Obama administration said.
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How many people got Medicaid from Obamacare? It's complicated
The Wall Street Journal
There were 65 million people in Medicaid by the end of April, six million more than there had been on the eve of the launch of the health law, the Obama administration said. The success of the Affordable Care Act in growing Medicaid — a key aim of the 2010 law — is a main point of political debate. But figuring out how many actually signed up for the program for low-income Americans because of the law is complicated.
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Advocates: Medicaid expansion would most benefit working poor
The Hill
VideoBriefA liberal consumer advocacy group says the majority of people who would benefit from expanded Medicaid in Virginia are working citizens who earn too little to qualify for tax subsidies. Virginia is embroiled in a tough political battle between Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state house Republicans. McAuliffe has vowed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and has injected a provision to do so in the state's budget, which threatens to shut down Virginia's government at the end of the month.
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Democrats embrace Medicaid expansion on trail
Politico
Democrats have found a big piece of Obamacare that nearly all factions of their party can back — and they say it'll be a winning issue on the campaign trail this fall. Even some of the Democrats running for re-election in red states are embracing the Affordable Care Act's optional Medicaid expansion and, along with their compatriots, pressuring Republican governors and legislatures to do the same.
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North Carolina governor: Medicaid budget has $60 million shortfall
News & Observer
Federal regulators have rejected a plan from North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration to tax some managed-care Medicaid providers as a way to draw down more federal money for the state budget. The result is a $60 million hole in the Medicaid budget that McCrory acknowledged — and some angry state senators who included the maneuver in the spending plan they approved.
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North Carolina doctors, state governor meet to back Medicaid plan
The Associated Press via Charlotte Observer
Leaders of North Carolina physician organizations and Gov. Pat McCrory attempted to get the governor's Medicaid overhaul plan back in front of the legislature after the state Senate essentially rejected his idea.
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Study: Medicaid expansion reducing Colorado hospital losses from uninsured
The Denver Post
Hospitals in Colorado and 25 states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act treated fewer charity cases and other uninsured patients in the first quarter of 2014, according to a study. Researchers concluded that the previously uninsured represented the lion's share of new Medicaid enrollees.
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Utah's Medicaid work requirement: Details revealed
The Salt Lake Tribune
A proposed tightening of the work requirements for Utahns who receive food stamps could complicate the state's push for federal flexibility with its Medicaid expansion. Able-bodied adults must spend at least 20 hours a week working or in job training in order to receive food stamps, after an initial three-month grace period. A loophole gives recipients the option of volunteering at certified "work sites," such as food pantries, instead of working in a paid job.
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Why the GOP is splitting in the Pennsylvania House over Medicaid
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three Republican House members crossed party lines to join with Democrats for a committee vote in favor of Medicaid expansion, which could set up a fight with other Republicans in the state House later this month.
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Can food stamps help improve diets, fight obesity and save money?
Los Angeles Times
Prohibiting the use of federal food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages and subsidizing the purchase of fruits and vegetables with the coupons would improve nutrition, foster weight loss and drive down rates of type 2 diabetes among the program's 47.6 million recipients, according to a new study.
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With Medicaid surges, cost concerns triggered for states
The Associated Press via
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States from the east coast to the west coast are confronting new concerns that Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal health care law. That's likely to revive the debate about how federal decisions can saddle states with unanticipated expenses.

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Could states be penalized for Medicaid backlog under Obamacare?
The Hill
Top Republicans are asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services if it is considering penalizing states with a backlog of new Medicaid applications under Obamacare.

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Poll: Obamacare 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.

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June 18 Webinar Wednesday: ''Behavior change and ROI through Member Engagement & Incentives' by InComm and Finity Communications
InComm and Finity Communications
Structuring member engagement and incentive programs to produce measurable outcomes is an essential component of wellness and disease management plan design. Attend this session to learn how health plans are adopting closed-loop technology platforms to track program success and how new incentive strategies are used to encourage healthy behavior change.
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday's 'Stop the Bleed; A Hemophilia Update' by PartnerRe? Get the slides, other webinar presentations free
MHPA
View or listen to audio for the following webinars:
  • Stop the Bleed; A Hemophilia Update by PartnerRe (PDF request: Ali Duerr)
  • 'Medication Monitoring in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUD)' by Millennium Laboratories (PDF request: Adam Rzetelny, Ph.D.)
  • "Transitioning to Managed Care for Individuals Receiving Long Term Services Support" by Deloitte (PDF request: Kim Donohue)
  • "Effective Administration of Dual Eligibles" by TriZetto (PDF request: Julie Sommer)
View additional webinars here.

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143 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.

If you haven't signed up yet to sponsor or exhibit at mhpa2014, please visit our sponsor page.

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