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Supreme Court to deliver healthcare ruling on Thursday
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The final countdown has begun for the landmark decision on President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The justices will render judgment on the controversial law on Thursday, ending months of speculation about a ruling that could have far-reaching implications for the 2012 election and beyond. The ruling is expected to come shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, at the end of an action-packed week for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. More

More than 22 million could lose insurance with Supreme Court decision
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More than 22 million people who would have gotten cheaper health insurance or coverage from Medicaid will be out of luck if the Supreme Court overturns the entire healthcare law, according to analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health. Most of those who would lose out live in big states. The report found 55 percent live in 10 states: California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. More

Cantor: GOP House committed to repeal of Obama healthcare law
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Tuesday that GOP lawmakers were committed to repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare law and better controlling health costs if the Supreme Court left any provisions standing in its upcoming ruling. "There's clearly a consensus at least in the House of Representatives that "ObamaCare" was a mistake and that we need to really repeal the law so we can get back to the kind of healthcare outlook most Americans are looking for," Cantor said on CNBC's "Squawk Box." More

Supreme Court healthcare ruling has potential to help, hurt insurers
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The Supreme Court ruling Thursday on the Obama administration's healthcare law could open the doorway for millions of new customers for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and other insurers, or lead them to back out of the individual insurance market, industry analysts say. Those are among the scenarios expected to play out for insurers depending on whether the court upholds the law, strikes it down or opts to maintain certain provisions of it. More

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CMS asks for input on Medicaid income eligibility
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With more people scheduled to be added to the Medicaid rolls in 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for public input on determining who will be eligible. The Affordable Care Act, which has its fate in the hands of the Supreme Court, changes Medicaid eligibility in 2014 so that it is based on the applicant's modified adjusted gross income rather than categories. The new guidelines in the ACA would expand Medicaid to people with income up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Medicaid pays for a large chunk of skilled nursing care. More

What happens to health law money already in state coffers?
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If the U.S. Supreme Court declares all or parts of the national health law unconstitutional this week, legal experts say it is unclear what will happen to billions in federal money provided by the law that already has been sent to state and local governments, and private organizations. To date, Washington has written checks for $13.7 billion, according to a federal funds tracker created by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of that, 31 percent, or about $4.2 billion, has gone directly to state and local governments. Even if the Affordable Care Act survives the high court review, Congress could attempt to repeal all or parts of the law, putting the billions already spent and billions more to come in question. More

Pilot Medicaid program begins July 1 in Missouri regardless of Supreme Court ruling
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Susan Gottschall of St. Louis County, Mo., recently got a glimpse of what the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion program might look like if it is upheld this week by the Supreme Court. Gottschall, 44, dropped by a city health clinic on the south side that morning to apply for the program, which has put Medicaid coverage within reach of thousands of once ineligible people. Ordinarily, able-bodied adults are excluded from Medicaid in Missouri. But the pilot plan offers basic healthcare to anyone whose income is no more than 133 percent of the federal poverty level — roughly $14,000 for a single person living alone. More

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Director: DC will choose 3rd Medicaid contractor
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At least two companies want to immediately join the District of Columbia's evolving Medicaid managed-care program. D.C. Health Care Finance Director Wayne Turnage said that the city will go forward selecting a third contractor to administer claims for Medicaid beneficiaries, joining UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and D.C. Chartered Health Plan, the company owned by embattled political contributor Jeffrey Thompson. More

Oregon study: Newly insured have better health but higher spending
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A study of Oregon's Medicaid expansion has revealed improved health of newly insured patients but higher costs, according to a report in The New York Times. In 2008, Oregon established a Medicaid enrollment lottery for poor, working-age adults who previously were ineligible for coverage. Through this system, 89,824 residents gained insurance. An ongoing study has shown that the newly insured adults feel healthier, happier and more financially stable. However, they also spend an average 25 percent more on healthcare than those who did not win insurance, according to the report. More

Supreme Court's ruling on healthcare reform will set off scramble in Florida
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The Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the 2010 healthcare reform law will set off a scramble in Florida — no matter what the court decides. A ruling upholding the entire law is expected to kick-start efforts to set up health exchanges for consumers, identify as many as 2 million uninsured Floridians who will be newly eligible for Medicaid, and dish out millions in insurance rebates to individuals and businesses. A ruling that declares the entire law unconstitutional could trigger the removal of young adults from their parents' health insurance policies, the dismantling of a special health insurance pool set up for several thousand Floridians who couldn't get insurance elsewhere, and an end to discounts in prescription drug costs for seniors. More

STOP Obesity Alliance, new state-level members share obstacles, opportunities
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The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance has released a new bulletin for state leaders that offers information on ways to integrate obesity into a state's essential health benefits package. The release of the latest "Weight and the States" Bulletin coincides with the formation of the Alliance's new State-Level Member group, organized to provide a forum for state health leaders to share information and insights on addressing obesity, overweight and weight-related chronic disease at the state level. More

MHPA's Center for Best Practices launches website
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Visit for the latest best practices compendia, Keeping You Healthy videos, Insights Webinars and educational initiatives by the Center for Best Practices. More

New Insights Webinar on July 16: Improving Member Retention/Reducing Churn
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Paul Frenkel and Lance Scott of Altegra Health present on most effective methods of outreaching to/communicating with Managed Medicaid members to ensure they remain enrolled in Medicaid and therefore stay enrolled in their plan. For more information and to register, click here.

Register for MHPA's 2012 Annual Meeting | Oct. 24-26
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The MHPA 2012 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., again will be the country's largest gathering of top-level executives in the Medicaid health plan industry. This year's meeting, A Pivotal Time for Medicaid Health Plans, kicks off just one week before Americans cast their ballots in a presidential election in which health care is one of the foremost issues. As you've come to expect, the MHPA Annual Meeting will provide the perfect opportunity to participate in thought-provoking sessions and hear from compelling speakers, including Charlie Cook, political analyst and publisher of The Cook Report; Donna Brazile, political strategist and commentator; and Robert Brownstein, political director for Atlantic Media Corp.

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2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid | July 24-25, Arlington, Va.
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With the Supreme Court Ruling to determine the future of Medicaid Expansion in June, the 2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Medicaid will be the first national platform for all stakeholders to come together to discuss the implications and next steps. Hear Thomas Johnson, president and CEO of MHPA, participate on a keynote panel with other industry leaders to address the Supreme Court Ruling on Medicaid expansion and health reform. MHPA members, receive a $200 discount when you register online or at 800-767-9499 with promo code MHPA200. More

Dual Eligibles Best Practices Summit | July 30-31 | Orlando, Fla.
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Thomas Johnson, president and CEO of MHPA, participates as a faculty member of the 2012 Dual Eligibles Best Practices Summit. Learn how to execute a well-run dual eligibles plan, from outreach campaigns to managed long-term care and everything in between. Members of MHPA are entitled to a 15 percent discount. Mention HMP122 during registration to enjoy this offer. For more information, click here or contact Theresa Powers at 704-341-2437 or More

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