Administration offers health care cuts as part of budget negotiations
The New York Times Share
Obama administration officials are offering to cut tens of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid in negotiations to reduce the federal budget deficit, but the depth of the cuts depends on whether Republicans are willing to accept any increases in tax revenues. More
Arizona Medicaid cuts to go into effect
Arizona's generous Medicaid program will become significantly less generous when the state will begin denying health insurance coverage to childless adults, Capitol Media Services reports. An estimated 100,000 residents will be affected in the first year alone. More
Louisiana Medicaid makeover attracts 12 corporate applicants
The Times-Picayune Share
Twelve companies have applied to participate in the Louisiana's new "coordinated care networks" initiative, which will steer nearly 900,000 Medicaid recipients into private managed-care plans. More
Gov. Beshear administration delays release of details on Kentucky's Medicaid contracts
Gov. Steve Beshear's administration will announce details about managed-care contracts for Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, aged and disabled. More
Oregon Legislature approves big Medicaid changes
The Lund Report Share
The Oregon Senate passed legislation that imposes monumental changes to the Oregon Health Plan intended to coordinate care and reduce costs. House Bill 3650 passed the Senate 22-to-7 with all seven 'no' votes from Republicans. More
Colorado lawmakers worried about proposed Medicaid rule change, but providers back idea
The Denver Post Share
Colorado lawmakers are warily eying a proposed federal rule that would make it harder to cut fees paid to health care providers that serve Medicaid patients. The proposed rule could take away a tool that state legislators have used to save millions of dollars as they have worked to balance the budget in recent years. More
Report: Medicaid vital to Utah's economy
The Salt Lake Tribune Share
Medicaid is more than a lifeline for 68 million low-income Americans. Its good medicine for the economy, says a consumer-advocacy group, which came out with a report condemning proposed cuts to the government health insurance program. More
More West Virginia children eligible for CHIP coverage
The Associated Press via The Charleston Gazette Share
More than 300 uninsured West Virginia children are now eligible for coverage by the state Children's Health Insurance Program. Program officials said that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the coverage expansion proposed by the program's board. More
Hawaii doctors shun Medicaid
Star Advertiser Share
Hawaii's chance to get a handle on the number of publicly insured residents denied access to primary care slipped away last week when the Obama administration shelved a plan for a mystery shopper program to measure access to medical services. More
Sick kids get legal help from Wal-Mart
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For the first time in its history, the nation's largest retailer Wal-Mart is providing free legal support for patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital, many of whom are from low income families on Medicaid. This type of arrangement means Wal-Mart's lawyers will be helping families as they struggle through Medicaid's bureaucracy. More
Massachusetts delegation calls on Obama to protect Medicare, Medicaid from cuts
The Hill Share
The entire Massachusetts House delegation called on President Obama to protect Medicare and Medicaid from what they said would be "devastating" Republican budget cuts. More
Keep Medicaid strong and protect our children
The Hill Share
As a pediatrician working in southeast Washington D.C., the Medicaid program means more to me than just fodder for heated budget debates on Capitol Hill. Despite its imperfections, Medicaid is a lifeline of health and dignity for my patients and their families. 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 email@example.com. 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.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
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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
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