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Florida shifts Medicaid mental health strategy
Kaiser Health News and USA Today
Seeking to improve care and lower costs, Florida this month became the first state to offer a Medicaid health plan designed exclusively for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar conditions. The plan — offered by Magellan Complete Care of Avon, Connecticut — is part of a wave of state experimentation to coordinate physical and mental healthcare for those enrolled in Medicaid.
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NAMD director discusses Medicaid's future with Kip Piper
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AudioBriefIn an episode of the podcast MediStrategy, National Association of Medicaid Directors Executive Director Matt Salo spoke about the significant changes underway in the $500 billion Medicaid program, payment and delivery reform priorities of state Medicaid directors and challenges faced by state Medicaid executives.
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Senate Minority Leader: Obamacare plagued by 'almost-cartoonish inefficiency'
The Hill
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Obamacare after a recent report showed that the administration has been unable to verify healthcare subsidy eligibility. "The Inspector General concluded that the administration was often ineffective at verifying such basic details about Obamacare enrollees as their citizenship status, their income, their social security number and whether or not they were even eligible to purchase Obamacare in the first place," McConnell said on the Senate floor.
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Maryland to begin check of Medicaid rolls again
The Baltimore Sun
Maryland officials are poised to again review their Medicaid rolls for those who no longer qualify. The state ceased such reviews for six months as it worked to open the new online marketplace for people to buy public and private insurance plans and adjust to new rules. The absence of such reviews was estimated to cost taxpayers up to $30 million, though officials believe the amount will be lower.
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Advocates say California is rejecting 'free money' to renew poor
people's insurance

Kaiser Health News
Consumer advocates and some legislators were surprised and frustrated when California health officials recently refused a $6 million donation to help people reup their Medi-Cal health coverage. Now two senators have proposed an unusual solution: A bill to force the state to accept the offer from The California Endowment.
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Medicaid agency has been perennial headache
News & Observer
Problems with the state of North Carolina's Medicaid program are nothing new. Gov. Pat McCrory's biggest inherited headache has been two new computer systems. NCFast is used to sign people up for benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid. Problems with NCFast have led to a backlog in Medicaid applications; officials cannot currently come up with the number of Medicaid recipients in North Carolina, a critical number for estimating future costs.
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MHPA's 'Things Tim Howard Could Save' meme
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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.

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Florida: Medicaid funds repayment mark latest sign of
Washington-Tallahassee rift

Miami Herald
The federal government wants to recover $267 million from Florida hospitals it says were paid too much to care for the poor. And it wants the entire amount this year — a demand that is hitting safety-net hospitals like Jackson Memorial in Miami and Tampa General hard.
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Oregon clinics feel squeeze as Medicaid expands
Portland Tribune
With more low-income Medicaid patients crowding area emergency rooms, hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices throughout the Portland, Oregon, area, doctors are trying to manage the increase while staying solvent. Underlying the problem, say health officials, is a shortage of primary care doctors and specialists willing to add more Medicaid patients to their rosters.
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