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Study: Medicaid coverage makes a 'big difference'
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A new research paper gives the clearest answer yet to a key question: how are people affected by gaining health insurance? A study of people who got new Medicaid coverage shows that they received significantly more care, including preventive checks and hospital admissions, improved their financial situation and felt better. More

MHPA CEO Thomas Johnson to speak at World Congress Leadership Summit on Medicaid, address Medicaid expansion — July 13-15 in Falls Church, Va.
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Attendees will address the issues of access, how to develop cost containment strategies without sacrificing quality of care. Delegates will hear from state Medicaid Directors from around the country and gain perspective from industry leaders who are developing innovative strategies that will reap the rewards of enhanced Medicaid in this tough financial market. Register by July 8 for discount. More

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ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 annual meeting, "The Changing Landscape for Medicaid Health Plans," Nov. 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
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Keynote speakers: Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala; Political Strategist and Commentator Donna Brazile and more.

Issues addressed: health reform implementation, quality improvement, cost-containment and improving access to care

Other highlights: pre-conference, networking opportunities, sponsor tradeshow and entertainment by The Capitol Steps.

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Kentucky Gov. Beshear says Medicaid plan to save taxpayers $1.3 billion
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Kentucky governor Steve Beshear announced that the Kentucky's expansion of managed care in the Medicaid program will save taxpayers $375 million in General Funds and $1.3 billion in all funds over the course of the new, three- year contracts. More

Group offers policy suggestions to strengthen Medicaid, save money
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A coalition of safety-net providers and other health care organizations released a list of policy options for Congress to consider in an effort to combat the Medicaid cuts that are on the table as part of debt ceiling talks. More

Qualis Health signs 3 year contract renewal with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid
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Qualis Health signed a three-year contract renewal to provide case management and utilization management services to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid. More

Durbin: Conrad budget 'doesn't savage' Medicaid
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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., unveiled a budget blueprint that cuts the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years but cuts health care entitlements much less than House Republicans' proposal. More

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Study: Volume, not cost, drives up Medicaid spending
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States can achieve significant Medicaid savings by increasing access to primary-care doctors, according to the first-ever study of regional differences in Medicaid spending. More

A dozen states slice Medicaid payments to doctors, hospitals
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To contain soaring Medicaid costs, about a dozen cash-strapped states are kicking off their new budget years by reducing payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers that treat the poor. More

Governors say federal government could owe states $4 billion for Medicare errors
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The National Governors Association is requesting that the federal government reimburse states for Medicare errors that might have cost their Medicaid programs more than $4 billion over several decades. More

Arizona to start partial Medicaid freeze
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Federal officials cleared the way for Arizona to bar thousands of low-income residents from seeking Medicaid coverage in the next year as the state tries to close a budget shortfall projected at roughly $1 billion. More

West Virginia Legislators warn Senator Manchin of 'terrible consequences' if cuts to Medicaid approved
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In a letter to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., the chairmen of the West Virginia Legislature's health committees warn of "terrible consequences to our state" if the federal government slashes the state's Medicaid funding. More

Preventive care can boost results; shrink price tag of Kansas Medicaid
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Like several other cash-strapped states around the country, Kansas soon may trim its contribution to Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health insurance to low-income groups, including people with cognitive and physical disabilities. More

Report: Basic Health Plan option could provide half a million New Yorkers with more affordable insurance
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Establishing a statewide basic health plan, an option included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, could help nearly half a million New Yorkers gain access to more affordable coverage and reduce the state's health care costs, a report from the New York State Health Foundation and the Community Service Society argues. More

States slow in setting up central piece of Obama health care law
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State insurance exchanges are not being set up fast enough to meet the 2014 deadline set by the health care law, advocates and policy experts say. The delay means that a number of state legislatures are at risk of handing over the central component of the reform effort to the federal government, which will set up the exchanges for states that fail to do so. 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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Healthcare Education Associates
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

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

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