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Medicare-Medicaid 'dual-eligibles' have serious health issues, fragmented care    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a relatively informative hearing on the state of "dual-eligibles." Unless you are a health care policy wonk, you probably don't know what dual-eligibles are, so here's a simple definition: They are low-income individuals who are either at least 65 years of age or disabled and thus qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. More

MHPA, ACAP issue joint statement on Health Committee hearing on dual eligibles
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MHPA and ACAP issued a joint statement on the Energy and Commerce commitee hearing in which their CEOs highlight the importance of coordinated care in achieving better health outcomes and cost savings for the dual eligibles. More

Aetna moves forward with new SMS texting service to help members with diabetes management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aetna has launched a special texting program to help members who have been diagnosed with diabetes more easily and successfully control their condition and avoid complications. More

HMS designated recovery audit contractor for state of New York
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HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp., announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved a waiver designating HMS as the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor for the state of New York. More

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Health groups urge Congress to reject spending caps
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Overall caps on federal spending would drive million of seniors into poverty and raise health care costs dramatically, according to new data from The Lewin Group. More

Millions of early retirees could qualify for Medicaid
The Associated Press via National Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
About 3 million early retirees will qualify for Medicaid after the 2014 expansion of the public insurance program because of a change in how income is calculated, according to the Associated Press. More

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Strong Medicaid system is key to supporting nation's children, poor and adults with disabilities
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A program that more than 50 million children, adults with disabilities and older Americans depend upon for support with their health and long-term service needs is under attack in Washington. Medicaid, just like Medicare, is part of the fabric of this nation's health and we must not allow it to be unraveled. More

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says global payments alone not answer to controlling health care costs
The Associated Press via Greenfield Daily Reporter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A shift to so-called "global payments" to health care providers would not by itself lead to lower medical expenses and could even worsen historic price disparities in the health care market, according to a report released by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's office. More

Medicaid forum takes political slant
The Topeka Capital-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A political rival of Gov. Sam Brownback asserted state officials couldn't significantly curtail spending in the Medicaid health program without jeopardizing quality of care. More

Medicaid managed care model would need lawmakers' reauthorization, under bill headed to Louisiana Gov. Jindal
The Associated Press via Greenfield Daily Reporter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A bid to give lawmakers more oversight of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to turn over much of Louisiana's Medicaid program to private insurance companies is headed to the governor's desk, with a unanimous Senate vote. More

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Arizona revises plan for partial Medicaid freeze
The Associated Press via KTAR- FM Radio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Arizona officials would allow some young people to retain publicly funded health care coverage under new changes to a proposed plan to implement a partial enrollment freeze in the state's Medicaid program. More

AHCA wants more time on Florida Medicaid pilot
The News Service of Florida    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a June 30 deadline looming, discussions about continuing Florida's Medicaid pilot program appear headed to overtime. 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

Possible Florida Medicaid cuts worry health officials
Bradenton Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Florida could lose nearly 75,000 jobs and up to $8.1 billion in business activity if Medicaid cuts approved by the U.S. House of Representatives become law, according to a report released by a national health care advocacy group. More

Illinois racing to erase $1.8 billion in Medicaid bills in June
WRSP - TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Illinois is on track to pay nearly $2 billion in Medicaid bills by the end of June. Lawmakers on approved a plan to delay a $365 million payment into Illinois' rainy day fund, and instead use that money to pay some of the billions of dollars Illinois owes to Medicaid providers. More

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 annual meeting, Nov. 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
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This year's meeting, "The Changing Landscape for Medicaid Health Plans," also boasts a pre-conference event focusing on Compliance Issues Nov. 6th.

Keynote speakers this year: Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala; Political Strategist and Commentator Donna Brazile; Dan Crippen, Executive Director of the National Governors Association; and Robert Greenstein, Founder and Executive Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Issues addressed: health reform implementation, quality improvement, cost-containment and improving access to care to meet the diverse needs of today's Medicaid population.

Other meeting highlights: networking opportunities with top-level executives, a sponsor tradeshow, and entertainment by The Capitol Steps.


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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

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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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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