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Cantor urges President Barack Obama to detail cuts in Medicare, Medicaid as part of debt plan
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., called on President Barack Obama to provide details on how he would cut entitlements, including Medicare and Medicaid, as part of a comprehensive deal to cut the deficit and raise the debt limit. More

What a debt ceiling deal could mean for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security
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No matter what the outlines are for a final agreement to lift the debt ceiling, the deal will include cuts to some of the nation’s major entitlement programs: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. More

HMS to perform hospital and long term care financial reviews for state of Maine
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HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings Corp. announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to perform hospital and long term care credit balance reviews and cost of care recoveries on behalf of the state’s MaineCare (Medicaid) program. More

Millions would lose eligibility for Medicaid under Republican bill
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A freshman member of the House Budget Committee is working on legislation that would prevent millions of Americans from becoming eligible for Medicaid and federal insurance subsidies. More

Advocates shine spotlight on people with special health needs as White House weighs Medicaid cuts
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Advocates for people with disabilities and special health needs are out in force as President Barack Obama and lawmakers weigh deep cuts to Medicaid as part of debt-ceiling talks. More

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Cuts would only shift health care costs
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The $350 billion or so in potential cuts to Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years that were identified in budget negotiations would shift the cost of medicine to public hospitals, the states and individuals, but wouldn't do much to tackle rising health-care costs themselves. More

Lautenberg to ask Obama to stop New Jersey Medicaid cuts
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U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to fight New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's proposed changes to a health care program for low-income residents. More

Alaska working on changes aimed at reducing the increase in Medicaid costs shouldered by state
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The state of Alaska is implementing changes to its Medicaid program aimed at tempering the ever-rising costs. More

Medicaid cuts raise physician ire in Puerto Rico
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In Medicaid news: In Alabama, an examination of pharmacy receipts leads to reduced costs. But in Texas, some hospital systems are bracing for the impact of Medicaid cuts currently under discussion in the debt-ceiling talks. More

IOM report eyes improving access to oral health care for vulnerable, underserved populations
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Charged with assessing the current U.S. oral health care system, and in particular, its strengths, weaknesses and future challenges for delivering care to vulnerable and underserved populations, the Institute of Medicine Committee on Oral Health Access to Services released a report, outlining its vision for the future and far-reaching recommendations for federal agencies, state governments and other stakeholders for improving access to oral health care. More

Higher Medicaid payment levels to dentist's increases likelihood of children and adolescents receiving dental care
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According to a report published in the of Journal of American Medical Aassociation, between the years 2000 and 2008, although children and adolescents in the U.S that had higher Medicaid payment levels to dentists were more likely to receive dental care, they still received dental care less often compared to children with private insurance. More

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Commission analyzes online Medicaid and CHIP applications
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A new analysis released by the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides an overview of online applications for Medicaid and/or Children's Health Insurance Program. More

States didn't cooperate on Medicaid data repository, official says
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The Health and Human Services Department missed its 2010 deadline to roll all Medicare and Medicaid claims information into a single, integrated data repository because of limited cooperation and a mishmash of data forms at the state level, officials told lawmakers. More

4 more states kick off Medicaid incentive programs for EHR Use
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Four more states recently launched Medicaid incentive programs for the meaningful use of electronic health record systems, joining the 17 states with programs already under way, Health Data Management reports. More

George B. Breen of Epstein Becker and Green, P.C. to Speak at KC's understanding the new system: final rule on fraud prevention in Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP live webcast
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a final rule effective, which enacts a number of program integrity provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Medicaid Health Plans of America's 2011 annual meeting, 'The Changing Landscape for Medicaid Health Plans,' Nov. 6-8 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 meeting highlights: pre-conference, networking opportunities, sponsor tradeshow and entertainment by The Capitol Steps.

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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

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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