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MHPA's June Keeping You Healthy Video and Best Practice of the Month: Healthy moms and babies by Select Health of South Carolina
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Each month the Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) Center for Best Practices "Keeping You Healthy" Video Series will feature a Medicaid health plan best practice that has affected the lives of the people they serve. More

MHPA updates and health care News
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MHPA Partner HMS Launches
To address concerns voiced by state Medicaid agencies about the requirement to implement Medicaid RACs, Health Management Systems has created an informational website dedicated to this topic. The website includes an interactive map of state RAC activities, CMS requirements, a RAC blog, other useful information, and is frequently updated.

Kool Smiles opens office in partnership with East Chicago Community Health Center
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East Chicago residents will soon have something new to smile about. Kool Smiles, a leading dental health provider dedicated to expanding access to quality dental care for children and families in under-served communities, is opening a new office in East Chicago in partnership with the East Chicago Community Health Center. 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

Changes to Medicare, Medicaid to be discussed in hearings, debt talks
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The future of Medicare and Medicaid will be a hot topic as negotiations on the debt ceiling continue. At least three bipartisan meetings helmed by Vice President Biden have been scheduled, and both parties began to make concessions as a possible deal appeared to emerge. More

The Agency for Health Care Administration wants more time on Medicaid pilot
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The Agency for Health Care Administration sent a letter to the federal government seeking a 30-day extension of the pilot, as state and federal officials try to reach agreement on continuing the program for three more years. More

The Health Literacy Advisor

New industry standards require consumer materials to be written at 6th grade or lower. Will you be ready? The Health Literacy Advisor is the nation’s first health literacy interactive tool

Ex-lawmakers spar at AHIP Conference — South Dakota
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Former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., says that one way or the other "we will have a coverage mandate" as part of health insurance reform in America. "Either every individual will be required to take responsibility for their health care or the rest of us — who do take care of ourselves — will continue to be required to pay for those who don't." More

Medicaid looks to cut costs
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It's possible to cut costs without also cutting quality, said Lenny Petrik, pharmacy manager at Kmart in Pierre Malllocated in Pierre, S.D. But it's going to take some work. "We want to make sure we can give effective therapy," he said. "But also the most cost-effective therapy to make sure we're not wasting state dollars." More

Louisiana bill would require review of Medicaid change
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Louisiana lawmakers are pushing for more oversight of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to turn over much of the state's Medicaid program to private insurance companies. The House unanimously backed a proposal that would require the so-called "coordinated care networks" to end on Dec. 31, 2014, unless they receive legislative reauthorization. More

Cover Michigan Survey shows health coverage is important - but not sufficient to guarantee access to care
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The second annual Cover Michigan Survey, released by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation,shows that people who lack health coverage are more likely to seek medical treatment in costlier care settings and less likely to have regular, preventive care. More

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New Jersey democrats try new tactic to foil Medicaid cuts
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As Gov. Chris Christie prepares to ask the federal government to approve sweeping changes to New Jersey's Medicaid program, two lawmakers are hoping their colleagues will join them in urging federal regulators to reject a part of the plan that would leave about 23,000 people without coverage. More

'Granny dumping' in Medicaid?
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Around the state, lawyers for the elderly are coming out in force to denounce Florida's Medicaid overhaul as "Granny-dumping." Armed with data, horror stories and courtroom-caliber eloquence, members of the Elder Law bar warned at a public hearing in Largo, Fla., that frail seniors who qualify for Medicaid because they are poor will suffer if they are forced into managed-care plans. More

New MaineCare director named
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Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has appointed a new director of MaineCare, the state's Medicaid health insurance program. Stefanie Nadeau, the new director, has been serving as acting director of the program since mid-February. She replaces Anthony Marple, who oversaw the $2.6 billion-a-year program for four years until he was fired by the new LePage administration. More

Study: Most Illinois specialists turn down Medicaid patients
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A new study has shown that most specialists in Illinois refuse to accept Medicaid patients, according to a report by The Atlantic. The study used a "secret shopper" technique in which researchers acted as the parent of a sick or injured child.  More

NEJM: Linking data is critical to ending care disparities
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Unfortunately, aside from vital statistics, health data including patients' race or ethnic background are collected haphazardly in the U.S., wrote Joel S. Weissman, Ph.D., associate professor of health policy at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; and Romana Hasnain-Wynia, Ph.D., senior director of research and evaluation for the Institute for Healthcare Studies' Health Research and Educational Trust, and associate professor of research at Northwestern University in Chicago. More

The World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on Hospice and Palliative Care
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June 22 - 24, Chicago

Exploring the Intersection of Hospice and Palliative Care to Improve Delivery and Quality of Care

SAVE $300 on the current registration rate when registering by the end of the day TODAY, June 21 with Promo Code CFF372 and Priority Code HL11030-85533. (Not valid for government rates. Cannot be combined with additional discounts or applied to a current registration.) To register, call 800.767.9499 or visit

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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