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MHPA asks Office of Management and Budget for separate Sovaldi analysis in Mid-Session Review
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MHPA has sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget requesting a separate Sovaldi analysis in their Mid-Session Review.

Considering the high cost of Sovaldi and the fact that hepatitis C disproportionately affects the Medicaid population, the separate analysis in OMB's Mid-Session Review of Sovaldi's projected cost across all federal programs should shed light on how much the drug will cost the government. This transparency is necessary so that the government, the public and stakeholder groups can ensure that people have access to therapies while not jeopardizing the viability of our public health programs.
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Florida eyes 'kick' payment to help offset Sovaldi's cost; Medicaid plans seek full accounting from OMB
Inside Health Policy
Florida will give Medicaid managed care plans a "kick" payment to help cover the higher-than-expected cost of the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi from May 1 forward, and the state is considering paying plans retroactively to cover some of the costs from the earlier part of the year, according to an investors note from J.P. Morgan. Plans also continue to aggressively lobby at the federal level for help in covering Sovaldi's cost, and on June 10, MHPA asked the White House Office of Management and Budget to project the cost of the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi across all federal programs in its review of the president's budget.
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138 days until mhpa2014: Agenda is up, and registration is OPEN!
MHPA
Registration is now live for "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.

Check out the new mhpa2014 agenda and other important event information here.

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MHPA welcomes Trusted Health Plan as newest member
MHPA
MHPA welcomes Trusted Health Plan as its newest member. A local plan, THP serves the people of Washington D.C., by helping them get the healthcare services they need to lead a long and healthy life. Staffed by many D.C. employees committed to serving the community, their headquarters in D.C. ensures convenient access to needy members in the city.
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North Carolina governor draws Llne on Medicaid reform; MHPA's Myers weighs in for managed care
Carolina Journal
An impatient North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory used his bully pulpit and a wall of white coats to push for immediate legislative action on his administration's stalled proposal to run the state's Medicaid program using an Accountable Care Organization system operated by doctors and hospitals. Jeff Myers, president and CEO of MHPA, discussed managed care.
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North Carolina leaders still at odds over future of costly Medicaid program
WRAL-TV
North Carolina state Senate leaders don't just dislike Gov. Pat McCrory's plan to remake the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor and disabled; their budget would legally bar the Department of Health and Human Services from working on it anymore. McCrory and his fellow Republicans in the state Senate agree that, for too long, Medicaid has been the $13.5 billion tail that has wagged the budget dog, soaking up tax dollars that leaders would rather spend on other priorities.
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Medicaid managed care kickoff delayed for much of Illinois
Chicago Tribune (subscription required)
Illinois is delaying the launch of all Medicaid managed care programs by at least a month in much of the state, including the Chicago area, a state official confirmed. The state, which originally intended to start moving Medicaid patients into managed care July 1, still has not signed final contracts with some insurers and has yet to mail patients informational packages asking them to select health plans.
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WellCare eliminates most copays, offers no-cost GED testing, coursework for Kentucky Medicaid members
PRWeb via Pharmacy Choice
WellCare Health Plans, Inc., is enhancing its Medicaid benefits in Kentucky by eliminating most member copays and covering the cost of General Educational Development testing and coursework for eligible members. These benefits become effective on July 1 and continue through the end of the year.
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More than 1.7 million consumers still wait for Medicaid decisions
Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post
While an unprecedented 6 million people have gained Medicaid coverage since September, mostly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, more than 1.7 million more are still waiting for their applications to be processed — with some stuck in limbo for as long as eight months — according to officials in 15 large states.
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GOP has claimed control of Virginia Senate, forced Democrats to cave over Medicaid impasse
The Washington Post
Virginia Republicans snatched control of the state Senate, immediately ending a budget stalemate by pushing Democrats to agree to pass a spending plan without Medicaid expansion, Gov. Terry McAuliffe's top priority. The power shift forced Senate Democrats to yield after a protracted standoff that had threatened to shut down state government in less than a month, according to several lawmakers with direct knowledge of the deal. Democratic negotiators agreed in a closed-door meeting to pass a budget without expanding health coverage to 400,000 low-income Virginians.
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Sebelius hands reins to successor
The Hill
Kathleen Sebelius handed leadership of the Health and Human Services Department to her successor and wished new Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell the best of luck. Sebelius, who oversaw the passage and implementation of Obamacare at the agency, is concluding an up-and-down tenure.
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State survey: 2.9 million Medicaid enrollments still unprocessed
The Hill
Nearly 3 million Medicaid enrollments that took place under Obamacare have not been processed due to technical or bureaucratic snags, according to a new state survey. Roughly half of the enrollees currently in limbo reside in three states — California, Illinois and North Carolina — according to the analysis by Roll Call.

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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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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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June 25 Webinar Wednesday: 'A Profile of the Concept of Medication Adherence and Strategies to Identify Non-Adherent Patients' by Merck
Merck
Merck cordially invites you to a medical education program for healthcare professionals and healthcare business professionals only. Merck is sponsoring this program, and the speaker is presenting on behalf of Merck.

The program is a non-CME event. The information presented in this program will be consistent with FDA guidelines.
  • Define medication non-adherence and understand its prevalence among patients with chronic disease
  • Recognize the drivers of non-adherence and understand the importance of appropriate communication
  • Use the 10 Tenets model of medication adherence and the Adherence Estimator® screening tool
Click here to register for this event.

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    Illinois: Cook County releases 1st snapshot of new Medicaid patients (Chicago Tribune)
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Virginia attorney general hires law expert as possible shutdown looms (The Washington Post)
Nevada's health exchange for Medicaid to cost $25 million (Las Vegas Sun)
How many people got Medicaid from Obamacare? It's complicated (The Wall Street Journal)

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