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Medicaid growth adds more managed care membership
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Unemployment is stagnating growth in the commercial sector but driving up enrollment in Medicaid managed care. Total membership in Medicaid managed care grew by 11 percent from June 2008 to June 2009. More

DC Chartered Health Plan appoints Maynard G. McAlpin as new President and CEO
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DC Chartered Health Plan has selected Maynard G. McAlpin as its new President and CEO. Mr. McAlpin has over 17 years of diverse management experience in the health care industry across commercial and government programs such as Medicaid and the Federal Employee Program. More

Democrats stay quiet on Medicaid cutbacks
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Since Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin introduced his budget blueprint, Democrats have held countless news conferences and issued even more press releases condemning the plan—as they say—to eliminate, end or kill Medicare as we know it. More

States slow to adopt health-care transition
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As many legislatures around the country have finished their work for the year, fewer than one-fourth of states have taken concrete steps to create health insurance marketplaces, a central feature of the federal law to overhaul the U.S. health-care system. More

State budget difficulties and implementation of the Affordable Care Act are driving and shaping the Medicaid managed care market. Sellers Dorsey positions our clients for growth in the ever-changing world of Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and more. Sellers Dorsey. Redefining the possibilities. more

Caring for people covered by both Medicare and Medicaid: A primer on dually eligible beneficiaries
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The 9 million dually eligible beneficiaries are generally poorer and sicker than other Medicare beneficiaries, tend to use more health care services, and thus account for a disproportionate share of Medicare and Medicaid spending. More

Affordable Care Act provisions relating to the care of dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries
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This issue brief identifies the major provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that are designed to improve care and streamline service delivery for dual eligible beneficiaries, the millions of low-income seniors and younger persons with disabilities who are enrolled in both the Medicaid and Medicare programs. More

Florida governor signs Medicaid overhaul, shifts program to managed care
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed two bills that will significantly reform the state's Medicaid program, shifting the program to managed care, according to a Miami Herald report. More

Alabama pushes health reforms
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Alabama is a deep red, deep south state with a health policy that is taking on a decidedly blue tinge these days. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley issued an executive order to move forward on an Alabama health insurance exchange and lashed out at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature for attempting to scale back his proposed $247 million increase in Medicaid funding by a mere $7 million. More

Utah unveils ambitious overhaul of Medicaid
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Utah health officials unveiled a 91-page blueprint for overhauling the state's Medicaid program, billing it as way to preserve the low-income health safety net. More

Medicaid: Washington wants 'flexibility' to help trim cost of program to state
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Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is hitting the road to win federal help for some major health care changes she and other governors are seeking. One bill in particular, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5596, was sponsored by Senate Republicans led by Linda Evans Parlette of Wenatchee, Wash. More

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Texas House committee approves plan to revamp health care program for the poor
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The Texas Senate unanimously passed legislation that would overhaul how Texas delivers health care to the poor disabled, while a House committee approved similar legislation. The Senate and House measures cover similar territory and are cost-saving measures that Gov. Rick Perry wants passed in order to balance the state budget. More

California Medicaid cuts pit HHS vs. DOJ
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Much of the health policy world was stunned when acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal filed an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case arguing against Medicaid patients and providers suing California over changes to its Medicaid program. More

Advocacy groups: New Jersey not ready for Medicaid changes
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A lack of information, preparation and training is plaguing efforts to reform New Jersey's Medicaid program, advocacy groups and beneficiaries warned. Groups representing children, the disabled and the mentally ill told the state Senate Health Committee that New Jersey is unprepared for Gov. Chris Christie's proposed changes to Medicaid, cautioning that vulnerable populations are about to fall through the cracks. More

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Medicaid plan questioned by good-government group
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Calling it a "dubious privatization venture," a Baton Rouge good-government group questioned Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to turn over large chunks of the state Medicaid program to private insurers and praised the Louisiana House of Representatives for trying to slow the process. More

Group pledges to work with Ohio Gov. Kasich to solve Medicaid issues
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich, along with the House and Senate, is leading Ohio during one of its most challenging economic times. The task is to balance the state's budget and find ways to close an $8 billion deficit. More

Job Opportunity: MHPA Seeks Director For Its Center For Best Practices
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Medicaid Health Plans of America seeks a Director for its Center for Best Practices, a new 501(c)3 affiliate organization of MHPA that supports MHPA's mission of improving quality and access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries. The Center convenes Medicaid health plans on research, quality improvement and dissemination of their best practices in clinical and operational performance. For more information, click here.

Ethicon Endo Surgery's 'Minimally Invasive Procedures—What's the Value for Health Plans?,' free webinar scheduled for June 8 has been postponed to a date TBD.
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Event: Insuring the under and uninsured: The Health Plan Forum on Medicaid Expansion & Health Benefit Exchanges, San Francisco, July 18-19
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Healthcare Education Associates
Reaching, Servicing and Retaining the New Enrollee Population

Hear MHPA President and CEO, Thomas L. Johnson give his take on the Medicaid expansion and the health insurance exchange populations in "Analyzing the Numbers: How Will Plans Serve This New Market."

Other Conference Highlights Include:
• Defining the new enrollee population: Who are they? What can you expect from various market segments?
• Market segmentation and analysis: What are the pros and cons of the new markets?
• Assessing financial viability and adverse selection on the exchanges

Exclusive Discounted Pricing Available
As a Medicaid Health Plans of America member, you can register for the event as a guest of MHPA and receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate with the special discount code HMP027. To qualify for an exclusive membership discount, call Kathie Eberhard at 1.704.341.2439 or email

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