Obama backs 'Gang of Six' plan that includes Medicare cuts
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The Senate's "Gang of Six" unveiled its 10-year, $3.7 trillion deficit reduction plan and received a warm, bipartisan reception in the upper chamber. More
HMS awarded Medicaid Utilization Management Contract by state of Ohio
Fierce Healthcare Share
HMS announced that the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has awarded a contract to Permedion, Inc., HMS's wholly owned subsidiary, to provide Medicaid hospital utilization management services, including focused precertification and retrospective reviews; reporting and analysis; health care studies; provider education; and data management. More
Kool Smiles opens new office in Elkhart, Ind.
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Kool Smiles, a leading dental health provider for children and adults, has opened a new office in Elkhart, Ind. Kool Smiles of Elkhart, Ind., puts quality dental care within reach of even more previously under-served area residents. More
White House highlights youth programs as Medicaid cuts loom
The Hill Share
Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, touted the Obama administration's record on children's issues as budget negotiators continue to discuss cuts that could affect children's health coverage. More
House, Senate bills would close loophole that allows higher-income seniors to enroll
A trio of lawmakers introduced bills that would close a loophole in the federal health reform law that allows some early retirees to qualify for Medicaid or premium subsidies, even if their incomes exceed eligibility levels for those programs. More
Proposed Medicaid cuts draw warnings, unexpected requests
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As debt talks proceed, the request by California Governor Jerry Brown, a liberal Democrat, to cut Medicaid spending by 10 percent, is reportedly awkward for congressional Democrats and the White House. Meanwhile, some advocates warn that Latinos will be hit hard by proposals to cut the health insurance program for the poor. More
Minnesota budget includes health care cuts and provider tax repeal
Minnesota Medical Association Share
After a government shutdown that lasted more than two weeks, lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton finally agreed to a budget solution in late July that included mixed news for Minnesota physicians. More
Minnesota House and Senate pass Health and Human Services bill
St. Paul Pioneer Press Share
Less than two hours after the Minnesota House passed the Health and Human Services bill, the Senate gave its stamp of approval. The House voted 71-57 for it and, the Senate passed it on a 37-27 vote. More
Federal Government halts Illinois Medicaid reform
The Telegraph Share
The federal government says Illinois cannot ask Medicaid recipients to prove how much they earn or where they live. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the department that manages both programs in Washington, D.C., told Illinois' Medicaid managers that two of 15 reforms recently passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn violate federal rules that prohibit states from changing criteria for anyone receiving Medicaid. More
Resistance to Florida Medicaid reform growing
Orlando Business Journal Share
A group of more than 100 advocacy and legal organizations, including several in Central Florida, sent a letter to the federal government asking it to deny Florida's application to privatize Medicaid. More
Texas Gov. Perry signs Medicaid block grant, Planned Parenting defunding
Possible presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed S.B. 7 into law. The expansive law compels the state to formally ask for a Medicaid block grant, defunds abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, allows Texas to enter a health care compact and implements co-payments for non-emergency visits to hospital emergency rooms, among other provisions. More
Washington cleared for Medicaid match
The Seattle Times Share
Federal reviewers have given the seal of approval to Washington's ProviderOne Medicaid payment system. The certification by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allows the state to receive more federal match money to operate the system. More
The effects of Medicaid coverage — learning from the Oregon experiment
The New England Journal of Medicine Share
There has been much debate, especially in light of the health insurance expansions in the Affordable Care Act and the current fiscal crisis, about the costs and benefits of Medicaid. 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
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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The World Congress presents the 2nd Annual Health Care Reform Congress on Health Insurance Exchanges
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The latest legislation, building the business plan, examining state-by-state implementation
Sept. 19-20 | Washington, DC
SAVE $300 on your current registration fee when you mention PROMO CODE: MXB855 and PRIORITY CODE: HL11022-12549! (Not valid for gov't rate. Cannot be combined with additional discounts or applied to a current registration.) Call 800-767-9499 or visit www.worldcongress.com/exchanges for more information or to register today.
The World Congress Presents the 2nd Annual Health Care Reform Congress on Medical Loss Ratios
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Best Practices for Preparing and Adhering to New Reform Mandates and Regulations
Sept. 19-20 | Washington, DC
SAVE $300 on your current registration fee when you mention PROMO CODE: MXB855 and PRIORITY CODE: HL11041-12550! (Not valid for gov't rate. Cannot be combined with additional discounts or applied to a current registration.) Call 800-767-9499 or visit www.worldcongress.com/MLR for more information or to register today.
Health Insurance Exchange Congress - Nov. 9-11 - Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Md.
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Attend IIR's inaugural Health Insurance Exchange Congress where health plans, states and the federal government are addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges. With an estimated 24 million newly eligibles, states and health plans are scrambling to put together their strategies to comply with the federal law. Over three days in Baltimore, you will learn key strategies from states and plans with existing exchanges and hear firsthand what works and what doesn't. To learn more, visit the website and download the latest conference brochure. MPHA members can receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate with Priority Code XP1610MHPAN. Register online today!
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