Medicaid Health Plans of America CEO Thomas Johnson to speak at 2011 BIO International Convention June 28
Thomas Johnson, President and CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America, will speak on Medicaid issues and trends at the 2011 BIO International Convention, the largest biotechnology event in the world, on June 28, in Washington, D.C. More
New Jersey Senate panel OKs measure to stop Medicaid cuts
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A resolution aimed at stopping Gov. Chris Christie sweeping changes to New Jersey's Medicaid program has survived its first legislative test. The Senate Budget Committee approved the resolution introduced by two Democratic senators on a party line vote, with all four Republicans voting against it. More
Assurance Wireless launches assistance program for Veterans and Military Families
In an effort to assist the military veterans and their families through their financial struggle, Assurance Wireless launched an initiative under which eligible veterans and military families will be offered a free wireless phone, plus 250 minutes of national local and long-distance monthly service for eligible customers. More
Hospitals launch ad campaign against Medicare, Medicaid cuts
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A broad array of hospital groups on Monday launched a multi-week, national ad campaign against health care cuts made up of radio, television and print spots. The multimillion-dollar ad buy comes as lawmakers have been discussing deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid as part of debt-ceiling negotiations (the White House has proposed $1 trillion in cuts to domestic spending and $300 billion in defense cuts.) More
Health debate shifts to entitlement cuts
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Congressional Republicans have had some success in shifting the health care debate back to the reform law, but speculation about health entitlement cuts in a debt-ceiling deal could thwart their momentum. More
Medicaid health providers brace for new round of fee reductions
There are only three ways a state can reduce its Medicaid burden, and two of them are highly problematical. Cutting the number of people served by Medicaid is generally prohibited by the new national health law. More
Care for 'dual eligibles' proves ultra-expensive, plagued with problems
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As the U.S. wrestles with rising health expenses, one group of patients stands out for government-paid care that is both ultra-costly and plagued with problems. They are the people who receive both Medicare, the program for those 65 and older or disabled, and Medicaid, the one for the poor. More
Patrick to Senate committee: Block grants would 'starve' Medicaid program
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At a Senate Finance Committee hearing to review proposals for changing Medicare and Medicaid, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick urged the panel to reject a Republican proposal to transform Medicaid reimbursements into set block grants. More
Arizona's high court won't block Medicaid freeze
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Without explanation, the Arizona Supreme Court declined to stop proposed Medicaid cuts from taking effect or rule on whether the enrollment freeze is constitutional. Attorneys for three public-interest law firms, representing low-income residents at risk of losing coverage under the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, already were preparing a separate case to be filed in Maricopa County Superior Court. More
Texas House, Senate pass health reform bill
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The Texas Senate approved the conference committee report for SB 7 with a 22-8 vote. The measure now heads to Gov. Rick Perry for a signature. "These reforms are critically needed to focus our health care dollars on the outcomes we want for our patients and to contain the unsustainable growth in our health and human services budget," said Sen. Jane Nelson. More
New Jersey plan would slash Medicaid eligibility
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has proposed several changes to the state's Medicaid program in an effort to achieve $540 million in savings in one year. The proposals are mostly noncontroversial, with at least one big exception. More
Health care IT jobs lucrative but tough to land
Network World Share
Companies in the health care industry are willing to pay a premium for scarce IT talent, but they're choosy about selecting new hires. For people with the right experience, it's a great time to be job hunting. 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
This year's meeting, "The Changing Landscape for Medicaid Health Plans," also boasts a pre-conference event focusing on compliance issues Nov. 6.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More
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