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Only 10 percent with chronic hepatitis C complete
successful treatment

The JAMA Forum
Fewer than 10 percent of U.S. residents with chronic hepatitis C virus infection know of their illness, have access to health care and have been treated successfully with antiviral therapy, according to a new study.
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MHPA's 'Things Tim Howard Could Save' meme
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The World Cup performance of Tim Howard, the goalkeeper for the U.S. men's soccer team, has inspired popular "Things Tim Howard Could Save" memes. MHPA has added to the Howard meme craze.
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Early estimates: Increase in Medicaid under ACA reduces uninsurance
Health Reform Monitoring Survey
One of the chief goals of the Affordable Care Act is expanded health insurance coverage. An important strategy for reaching that goal is expanded enrollment in Medicaid, which provides free or very low cost health insurance to low-income people.
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White House dials up the pressure on Medicaid holdouts
The Hill
The White House is turning up the heat on Republican governors who have refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, arguing their decision to opt out has harmed their states' economies. An analysis released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers says the 24 states that refused to cover more people under Medicaid have lost out on nearly $88 billion in federal funding that would have created almost 400,000 new jobs.
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Wisconsin governor's staff scoffs at report pushing healthcare expansion
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In a new national report, advisers to President Barack Obama criticized state officials such as Scott Walker for not using federal money to expand a state health program, drawing a sharp rebuke from Wisconsin's governor.
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mhpa2014 adds Medicaid directors from Louisiana, Kentucky and
Tennessee to its agenda

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The mhpa2014 session "A Look at the Past, Present and Future of Medicaid Managed Care" will feature a discussion with state Medicaid directors from Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee. For registration info and more details on our annual conference, please click here.
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North Carolina budget negotiators find agreement on Medicaid
The Associated Press via Charlotte Observer
North Carolina House and Senate Republicans made a key breakthrough in the stalled state government budget talks, agreeing to earmark another $323 million for possible Medicaid cost overruns.
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Indiana governor submits request for Medicaid alternative
The Associated Press via WISH-TV
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has asked that the federal government expand healthcare coverage for the state's low-income residents using a state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid. Pence's proposal, called the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, would still rely on billions in federal aid to cover residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, but he and his supporters contend it supports personal responsibility in a way Medicaid doesn't, relying on health savings accounts and patient input.
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Oklahoma is winning its Medicaid standoff with the feds — for now
The Washington Post
Oklahoma is one of about two dozen states that hasn't expanded Medicaid — and it's tangled in a unique standoff of sorts with the Obama administration. Oklahoma and the federal agency overseeing Medicaid are still wrestling with the fate of a decade-old state program covering almost 20,000 low-income adults. For the second straight year, the feds and Oklahoma have worked out a deal to keep the program alive after it was supposed to close at the end of 2013.
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Mountainous backlog stalls Medi-Cal expansion in California
Kaiser Health News via San Jose Mercury News
A massive backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third month, and California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation might be cleared.
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Obamacare: Legal aid groups demand answers on Medi-Cal backlog
Los Angeles Times
With low-income Californians continuing to face months-long delays in getting state healthcare coverage, health advocates are calling on the state to explain within 10 days how it will address lingering Obamacare application delays.
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New health chief Burwell revamps HealthCare.gov
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Moving to prevent more insurance chaos this fall, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell revamped the management of HealthCare.gov. Burwell appointed a new high-level operations manager to closely supervise the online portal to coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

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Health insurers pressing down on drug prices
The New York Times
In dealing with health plans, drug companies are facing a new imperative — bargain or be banned. Determined to slow the rapid rise in drug prices, more health plans are refusing to cover certain drugs unless the companies charge less for them. The strategy appears to be getting pharmaceutical makers to compete on price.

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The ACA and America's cities: Fewer uninsured and more federal dollars
Urban Institute
This report estimated the effect of the Affordable Care Act on 14 large and diverse cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Columbus, Charlotte, Detroit, Memphis, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta and Miami. For each city, changes are estimated in health coverage under the ACA, particularly the resulting decline in the uninsured.

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Idaho asks Supreme Court to take up Medicaid reimbursement challenge
The Associated Press via The Spokesman-Review
According to a petition filed, the U.S. Supreme Court should consider an appeal by Idaho of a lawsuit challenging increased Medicaid reimbursement rates. Idaho's appeal requests that the justices decide on a 2009 case where five providers say the state's Medicaid rates were too low because they were kept at 2006 reimbursement levels.
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    North Carolina House, Senate still at odds over Medicaid reform, funding (North Carolina Health News)
Ohio seeks better managed-care, lower costs (The Columbus Dispatch)
Some patient groups refuse to participate in NCHC's drug-price campaign (Inside Health Policy)
Pennsylvania governor nets 9 insurers for Medicaid alternative (The Associated Press via Modern Healthcare)
Pence picks new social services chief to push Medicaid alternative after sudden exit by Minott (The Columbus Republic)

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