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Health insurance giant WellPoint renames itself Anthem
Los Angeles Times
Health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. is changing its corporate name to Anthem, the well-known brand it uses in California and other states. The makeover comes as health insurers increasingly compete for individual consumers on government-run exchanges under the federal Affordable Care Act. The change is expected to take place by the end of the year. It is subject to a special shareholder vote Nov. 5.
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Recent reports put pressure on states to expand Medicaid programs
California Healthline
States that opted out of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion are facing increased pressure to change course, amid a spate of studies and financial reports showing the benefits of participating, Forbes reports.
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Texas lawmakers to discuss market-based alternatives to Medicaid expansion
The Associated Press via The Dallas Morning News
A legislative committee is examining market-based alternatives to providing low-income Texans with healthcare since the state has rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. Members of the state Senate Health and Human Services committee plan to discuss alternatives to Obamacare.
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Feds: Texas responsible for misspent Medicaid dollars
The Texas Tribune
Texas is "ultimately responsible" for millions of misspent Medicaid dollars, according to a new federal audit, because a state agency failed to properly oversee the contractor that reviewed the medical necessity of Medicaid claims.
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Analysis: California's enrollment success is its greatest challenge
Kaiser Health News and Los Angeles Times
California is coming face to face with the reality of one of its biggest Obamacare successes — the explosion in Medi-Cal enrollment. The numbers — 2.2 million enrollees since January — surprised healthcare experts and created unforeseen challenges for state officials. Altogether, there are now about 11 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries, constituting nearly 30 percent of the state's population.
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Medicaid increase, uninsured data show Georgia impact
Georgia Health News
Federal figures show Georgia's Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment jumped 16 percent since October — the highest percentage increase among states that have rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The Georgia jump greatly exceeds that of the second-highest increase among non-expansion states — 9.5 percent in Montana.
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mhpa2014 INNOVATION session on behavioral health
MHPA
Join Pamela Greenberg, president and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness; Howard Savin, president of Autism Services Group; and Mark Heit, vice president of strategy and development at Beacon Health Strategies, for the Hot Topics in Behavioral Health Innovation panel discussion sponsored by Johnson & Johnson for valuable information related to your members in need of such care.

For details on this and other insightful sessions at the premier event for the Medicaid managed care industry, please click here for our latest agenda. Don't forget: Sign up before Sept. 8 to grab the early-bird discount.

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National Hemophilia Foundation Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Symposium on Hemophilia Pharmacy Management: Sept. 18 in Washington, DC
National Hemophilia Foundation
The National Hemophilia Foundation Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Symposium on Hemophilia Pharmacy Management: "Steps for Success With Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy" will take place Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C.

Specifically designed for specialty pharmacists, home health pharmacists, health plan pharmacists, managed Medicaid pharmacists, medical directors and other health care professionals with an interest in the management of patients with hemophilia, this free event is also a CME/CPE-certified activity. For more details including program overview, educational objectives, the full agenda, and free registration, click here.

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Leadership change at MHPA Board of Directors
MHPA
Frank J. Siano will be stepping down as board chair of Medicaid Health Plans of America. Siano is leaving his post as vice president of business development, Medicaid, at Aetna and therefore will pass the reins to Kearline D. Jones, vice president of government relations and compliance at Health Partners Plans, who will transition from vice chair to chair of MHPA's board.

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Obamacare creates 'upheaval' at free clinics
Kaiser Health News via USA Today
Pam Milliken was among the 70 percent of patients at West Virginia's Wheeling Health Right Center who enrolled in Medicaid after the state expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act. Worried that patients like Milliken would leave their care and struggle to find doctors accepting new Medicaid patients, the clinic took a rather radical step: It became a Medicaid provider and started billing the state-federal health insurance program for the poor.

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Hep C patients considering suing states restricting Sovaldi coverage
Inside Health Policy
Patients infected with hepatitis C are preparing to sue in short order states that restrict Medicaid coverage of Sovaldi, and they're using as a model a lawsuit that cystic fibrosis patients recently filed in Arkansas, where Medicaid uses a prior authorization policy to curb use of the cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco, according to Donna Cryer of the Global Liver Institute.

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Did you miss Webinar Wednesday? 'Asked and Answered: Mobile Tech, Member Engagement, and the Keys to Accountable Assessments' available online
MHPA
View and download the Aug. 13 Webinar Wednesday by Health: ELT, "Asked and Answered: Mobile Tech, Member Engagement, and the Keys to Accountable Assessments," here. Other webinars are available to download, as well.
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Upcoming Webinar Wednesdays
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Aetna job opportunities
Aetna
The following are job opportunities from Aetna. Visit here, and enter Req # for full description and details.
    MD/Psychiatrist; Newark, Delaware; Req# 19223BR
    This successful candidate will become the Delaware Physicians Care (DPCI) Medical Director for Behavioral Health and will serve as our expert physician resource in the areas of utilization management, quality management, case management and overall medical management. This critical role sits at the intersection of behavioral and physical health services in helping DPCI to develop holistic programs to improve the quality and outcomes of our constituent members.

    MD/Physical Health; Newark, Delaware Req# 19166BR
    The position entails duties and responsibilities of Medical Director for Delaware Physicians Care (DPCI). The successful candidate will serve as a critical contributor to the DPCI medical management team in the role of clinical expert to the various functional areas including utilization management, case management and quality management. A key component of this position is to use the clinical credentials, experience and judgment in rendering benefit determinations based on medical necessity.

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