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Budget committee still weighing Alaska Medicaid vote
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
They have no power to stop Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's plan to unilaterally expand Medicaid by the end of the summer, but some members of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee would still like to hold a meeting about it. The committee met in Anchorage on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues related to education but held a brief discussion at the end about holding a meeting on Medicaid expansion.
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Exploring the future of Medicaid on its 50th anniversary
Governing
Since Medicaid's creation in 1965, it's become the largest health insurer in the country, covering more than 70 million Americans. Initially covering only poor, single parents and their children, the program now also offers government-subsidized insurance to disabled people, able-bodied adults without kids and some elderly.
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States may tap hospitals to help pay for Medicaid expansion in 2017
Modern Healthcare
Policymakers in Medicaid expansion states likely will try to wring some cash from hospitals starting in 2017 when the federal government no longer pays the full tab for the coverage expansion, experts say. Higher-than-expected enrollment means expansion states will be on the hook for hundreds of millions more than they anticipated when they took advantage of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
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Thanks to all of you who made our 2014 annual conference a smashing success. For a recap of the event, please watch this short video.

This year, we will examine Medicaid's 50-year evolution through thought-provoking sessions on the latest in managed healthcare operations, policies and populations, as well health plan best practices. Please visit our mhpa2015 home page for info on registration, lodging and sponsorships.

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MHPA 2015-2016 Best Practices Compendium call for submissions
MHPA
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions from member plans that highlight best practices for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. The Center for Best Practices Advisory Committee will review submissions for potential inclusion in the 2015-2016 MHPA Best Practices Compendium that will be published in November 2015. Additionally, the selected best practices will be honored during the MHPA annual conference luncheon.
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Primary care appointment availability for new Medicaid patients increased after Medicaid expansion in Michigan
Health Affairs
The Affordable Care Act expands health insurance coverage to millions of Americans, but the availability of health care services for the newly insured population remains uncertain. We conducted a simulated patient (or "secret shopper") study to assess primary care appointment availability and wait times for new patients with Medicaid or private insurance before and after implementation of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion in 2014.
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Poll finds big gaps in rural health care
Georgia Health News
Most rural Georgia residents in a new survey say they have experienced problems with the affordability of health insurance and the cost of health care. When asked the biggest problem facing local health care, 68 percent named cost, with quality of care and access to care trailing far behind, according to the survey of 491 people. It was conducted by Opinion Savvy and commissioned by Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
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Thousands ruled ineligible for Massachusetts Medicaid
The Associated Press via The Baltimore Sun
Tens of thousands of people have been removed from the Massachusetts's Medicaid program during the first phase of an eligibility review, according to figures from Gov. Charlie Baker's administration obtained by The Associated Press. The eligibility checks, required annually under federal law but not performed in Massachusetts since 2013, began earlier this year as part of Baker's plan to squeeze $761 million in savings from MassHealth, the government-run health insurance program for about 1.7 million poor and disabled residents.
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July 29 Webinar Wednesday: 'Transforming Medicaid Member Communications'
HealthCrowd
Join Neng Bing Doh, CEO of HealthCrowd, for a presentation on how macro healthcare trends are requiring a transformation in Medicaid member communications. This webinar will cover current hot topics including how to scale text messaging programs to affect HEDIS scores, using multiple modalities "in concert" to improve member experience while optimizing outreach budget, the need to move away from transactional communications, and how to make each outreach campaign better than the last. Accompanied by case studies and even comics, this webinar will be one every health plan employee can derive value from.
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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday: 'AACE/ACE Consensus Conference on Blood Glucose Monitoring Outcomes' by Roche Diabetes Care?
MHPA
Download the presentation (PDF)
For additional information, contact Bruce Taylor at bruce-t.taylor@roche.com or visit www.roche.com or www.accu-chek.com.

For copies of other past webinars, visit here.

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Job opportunity: Senior Medicaid Strategist | Raleigh-Durham, NC
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
The Senior Medicaid Strategist has responsibility for the execution of the day to day activities in all efforts related to implementing Medicaid Reform for DMA. This position acts a project manager by directing internal and external resources to successfully operationalize reform policy. This individual will report directly to the DHHS Deputy Secretary for DMA.

For more details and to apply: click here.

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Job opportunity: RN, manager, Clinical Health Services, pre-authorization | Detroit
Aetna
Aetna seeks an experienced RN with managed care, leadership and prior authorization expertise. Reinforces clinical philosophy, programs, policies and procedures. Ensures implementation of tactics to meet strategic direction for cost and quality outcomes. Creates direction and communicates a business case for change by focusing on and addressing key priorities to achieve business results. Identifies opportunities to implement best practice approaches and introduce innovations to better improve outcomes.

Visit here and search for requisition #24937BR to learn more and apply.

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