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Michigan moves toward Medicaid change
Politico
Michigan recently took a big step toward signing up for Obamacare's massive Medicaid expansion, giving GOP Gov. Rick Snyder a long-sought victory to bring billions of federal dollars to implement a major part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law.
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MHPA 2013 early-bird deadline fast approaching
MHPA
Don't pay more than you have to. The early-bird deadline for MHPA 2013, which is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., is almost here. Register for Medicaid Health Plans of America's annual conference, "Health Reform from East to West: Preparing Medicaid Health Plans for 2014," by Sept. 7 to receive your discount. View details on the conference and registration here.
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MMRR: Nursing homes subsidizing Medicare for dual eligibles
InsideHealthPolicy
Medicaid is subsidizing Medicare for the care of elderly dual-eligible beneficiaries who receive long-term care, an article published in CMS' Medicare & Medicaid Research Review states, which is the opposite of what previous analyses found.
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New York, CMS set up integrated appeals system for duals demo
InsideHealthPolicy
New York and CMS will move forward with an integrated appeals system for Medicare and Medicaid as part of the demonstration to coordinate care for dually eligible beneficiaries, and beneficiary advocates say the state's proposal as outlined in the memorandum of understanding shows promise.
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Obamacare to hit Georgia Medicaid budget
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Obamacare is going to cost Georgia's Medicaid program $26.9 million this year and $101.7 million next year, even though the state has chosen not to expand eligibility, the state's Medicaid director said.
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Medicaid enrollment drops in Pennsylvania, rises in New Jersey
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania dropped more than 9 percent of children, families and pregnant women from Medicaid last year, nearly triple the rate of any other state, according to a new national report. Most states added people. New Jersey came in 10th from the top, with nearly 5 percent growth — and No. 2 when counting all Medicaid enrollees in all categories. Pennsylvania was last on both measures.
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Medicaid's role for dual-eligible beneficiaries
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
This brief examines the role of Medicaid in providing health coverage to the 9.6 million Medicare beneficiaries who are also eligible for Medicaid. The brief explains the role Medicaid plays in providing supplemental coverage to fill in the gaps in Medicare's coverage for these dual-eligible beneficiaries.
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HHS finalizes Obamacare rules on insurance oversight
The Hill
The Obama administration moved closer to fully implementing its signature healthcare law, as it finalized new rules outlining federal oversight of insurance plans.
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Feds delay approval of Obamacare insurance plans to mid-September
The Hill
The Health and Human Services Department told insurance companies that it will not sign final agreements related to the plans until mid-September rather than Sept. 5-9. The approvals cap a long process for insurance companies hoping to sell their products on the new marketplaces, which are Obamacare's chief mechanism for providing coverage to the uninsured.
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The introduction of three new medication adherence measures, each with a triple weight, makes Medicare Advantage and Part D pharmacy measures matter more than ever. But focus on driving improvement in medication adherence proliferates many other government and private insurer programs. In fact, medication adherence is a subject of importance now to Medicare, plans, hospitals, integrated delivery systems, retail pharmacies, industry and patients. With the patient at the center of these measures, you will learn key patient insights from a consumer marketer around medication adherence.
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States use alternative approaches to raise health exchange awareness
Kaiser Health News
Catchy jingles? Splashy videos? Multimillion-dollar public education campaigns? For the 16 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to run their own online health insurance marketplaces, these are among the tools being used to make sure residents know the exchanges will be open for business Oct. 1.

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Louisiana governor withdraws request for Obamacare funds
Politico
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a fierce Obamacare critic, pursued funds from an under-the-radar program in the health law until recently, when his administration reversed course, citing cumbersome federal rules.

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Black marks hover over firm Illinois taps for part of Medicaid program
Chicago Tribune
Illinois is outsourcing part of its Medicaid program to a company that is under a federal grand jury investigation in Louisiana, was disqualified from bidding in Arkansas, was ushered out of Maine and has been the subject of complaints in Utah.

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Deloitte job opportunities
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Health plans face a number of unique market and regulatory pressures that impact how they conduct business today and in the future. Deloitte Consulting LLP is one of the world's leading management consulting firms for executable strategy, operations, technology and human capital advisory services, and it is uniquely positioned to provide business solutions to our clients.

Deloitte's Government Programs practice is seeking candidates who have consulting, compliance and operational experience as it relates to Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare D plans.

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Navigant job opportunities in DC, Chicago
Navigant
Navigant is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Navigant's Healthcare Practice strives to be the premier independent management consulting practice assisting senior level healthcare executives deal with their core business challenges.

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Missed our previous issues? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Coordinated Care Initiative to begin in California no earlier than April 2014 (CalDuals)
Amid health law expansion, some states trim Medicaid rolls (Kaiser Health News)
Virginia seeks middle ground on Medicaid expansion (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Commentary: Louisiana's Medicaid reform program, Bayou Health, is making a difference (Daily Comet)
California: Medi-Cal cut starts in September (Los Angeles Times)

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