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136 days until mhpa2014: Agenda is up, and
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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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Reform Update: Some states begin implementing ACA's Medicaid stop-smoking provisions
Modern Healthcare (Subscription required)
North Carolina has become the latest state to formally implement a provision of the healthcare reform law requiring state Medicaid programs to cover drugs used for smoking cessation both in their traditional and managed-care programs. A number of states still haven't formally adopted the provision.
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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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AHIP: PhRMA wants to talk about anything but drug prices
The Hill
The top health insurance lobby group says drugmakers are trying to distract people from the rising price of drugs. A blog post headline by America's Health Insurance Plans says it all: "Wow, this drug is really expens — Look! A squirrel!!" Brendan Buck, an AHIP spokesperson and former aide to Speaker John Boehner known for his aggressive style, wrote the post firing back at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for trying to deflect the issue of rising drug prices.
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Lawmakers in Virginia return to vote on budget
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Legislators in the state of Virginia are returning to Richmond to pass a state budget — something they failed to do in March. The Senate and the House of Delegates convene to enact a two-year spending plan and end an impasse that had threatened to partially shut down state government.
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Virginia governor may try to expand Medicaid on his own
The New York Times
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has lost his battle with the legislature over Medicaid expansion, an enormous retreat from the high expectations he set for a liberal agenda. However, he is thought to be studying how to press the issue by executive action — a legally and politically uncertain course.
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Michigan to reward Medicaid enrollees who take 'personal responsibility'
Kaiser Health News and USA Today
Delayed by state lawmakers, Michigan did not expand Medicaid until the day after the federal online insurance exchange closed March 31 — a move advocates feared would undermine signups. Turns out, enrollment is exceeding expectations, which has pleased officials who seek to make the state among the first in the nation to add a heavy dose of "personal responsibility" to the federal-state entitlement program.
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Michigan's Medicaid expansion plan widens safety net, but are future costs a ticking time bomb?
M Live
Ike Madison, a 57-year-old Wayne County, Michigan resident, is among nearly 270,000 low-income residents enrolled since April 1 in Healthy Michigan Plan, the state's version of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Madison has a part-time job unloading trucks for the Salvation Army and doesn't qualify for its health insurance. He can't quite believe he is entitled to regular doctor visits and coverage of medication he needs.
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Bidding on Georgia Medicaid contract strapped
Georgia Health News
A Georgia state agency has canceled the contract bidding to offer care coordination services to more than 400,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who have disabilities or are elderly. The contract proposals that were received were "over budget," according to a state website that announced the bid cancellation.
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Report: Medicaid expansion would help thousands of uninsured
Kansas veterans

Kansas Health Institute
The chief executive of the Kansas Hospital Association is using a report about uninsured veterans to make the case for Medicaid expansion. In an opinion piece sent to newspapers, Tom Bell said approximately 15,000 Kansas veterans and 10,000 of their family members lack health insurance. Bell said the numbers cited in his opinion piece were taken from a report by the Urban Institute that analyzed the health insurance status of veterans.
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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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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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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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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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