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Pennsylvania to take Medicaid funds — with a catch
Politico
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Sept. 16 became the latest Republican to embrace Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, but he did so in a way that leaves the program's future in Pennsylvania highly uncertain.
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Obamacare hits a tipping point: Most governors now want to expand Medicaid
The Washington Post
The Medicaid expansion appears to be, well, expanding, and it's happening with the support of Republican governors. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced his support for expanding Medicaid in his state to 500,000 currently uninsured Pennsylvanians. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that will expand the Medicaid program in his state, as well.
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Webinar Wednesdays are back! 'Seizing the Opportunity to Improve Medication Adherence:' A free webinar by Eli Lilly and Co. | Sept. 18 | 3 p.m. EST
MHPA
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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MHPA board chairman appointed to National Advisory Council on Minority
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Michael A. Rashid, chairman of the board MHPA and president and chief executive officer of AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, a leader in Medicaid managed care and an MHPA member company, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.
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MHPA 2013 update: Discount room block at Gaylord National Resort expires Sept. 27
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Colyer says KanCare going better than expected
Kansas Health Institute
VideoBriefKansas' Medicaid managed care initiative is going well and is on track to achieve its promised $1 billion in savings, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said in an interview broadcast on Kansas City public television station KCPT.
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The Commission on Long-term seeks streamlined Medicaid waivers, scope of practice review
Inside Health Policy
The Commission on Long-Term Care recently voted on recommendations that include site-neutral payment, a streamlined Medicaid waiver process and state reviews of scope-of-practice requirements, according to Chris Jacobs, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation who was appointed to the commission.
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No evidence that primary care physicians offer less care to Medicaid, community health center or uninsured patients
Health Affairs
The Affordable Care Act increases U.S. investment in Medicaid and community health centers, yet many people believe that care in such safety-net programs is substandard. Using data from more than 31,000 visits to primary care physicians in the period 2006–10, it was examined whether the length or content of a visit was different for safety-net patients — those insured by Medicaid, those who are uninsured and those seen in a community health center — compared to patients with private insurance.
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MHPA welcomes WellPoint as Presidential Sponsor of MHPA 2013
MHPA
WellPoint, one of the nation's leading health benefits insurers and an MHPA member health plan, is MHPA's new Presidential Sponsor for its annual conference, MHPA 2013.
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WellPoint's board welcomes John Short and Elizabeth Tallett as new directors
Business Wire via WellPoint
WellPoint, Inc. has announced that John Short and Elizabeth Tallett have been named to its Board of Directors effective Sept. 18, and Oct. 1, 2013, respectively. Both Short and Tallett have robust healthcare experience and proven track records as leaders.
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Centene's Texas subsidiary expands STAR+PLUS service
PRNewswire via Centene Corporation
Adding to the high acuity population it effectively serves, Centene Corporation has announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission tentatively awarded Superior HealthPlan a contract to serve STAR+PLUS members in two Medicaid Rural Service Areas, contingent upon successful negotiations and execution of the contract. There will be rate parity by region for participants.
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UPMC Health Plan Begins Marketing Plans on Insurance Marketplace
PRNewswire via Publicity Insider
UPMC Health Plan has entered into an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide health insurance coverage through Qualified Health Plans on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
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WellCare appoints Richard C. Breon to board of directors
Thomson Reuters via TMCnet
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced today that Richard C. Breon, president and CEO of Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been appointed to the company's board of directors.
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Webinar Wednesdays schedule
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Co-hosted by MHPA's partners, this weekly series is tailored to Medicaid health plans to help them improve internal processes and improve patient care.
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Recent webinar presentations from First Quality, Millennium Labs, PwC, Deloitte and others available free on MHPA website
MHPA
View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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MHPA Issue Brief: 'Addressing the Needs of Members with Hemophilia in Medicaid Managed Care: Issues and Implications for Health Plans'
MHPA Center for Best Practices
Hemophilia is a rare, inherited blood disorder affecting approximately 20,000 people in the U.S. The condition can be catastrophically expensive and requires highly specialized life-long care to prevent disability. Medicaid health plans may soon be enrolling more individuals with hemophilia due to Medicaid expansion and enrollment of disabled populations.

This brief discusses current treatment issues as well as care management, financial and patient advocacy considerations for health plans. It provides evidence references and web links for more information. Health plan strategies to improve hemophilia care may serve as a model for managing any rare disease in Medicaid managed care. Download the Issue Brief for free here.

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White House officials: Healthcare 'data hub' is ready
The Washington Post
Obama administration officials, facing criticism that they are behind schedule in implementing the president's healthcare law, said that they have finished a major piece of the technology that will help millions of Americans sign up for insurance this fall.

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Health insurance tax faces challenge
Politico
The health insurance industry and business allies are stepping up their campaign to repeal another new Obamacare tax this fall — one that they argue will hit consumers smack in the healthcare part of their wallet.

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CMS changes course by giving Oklahoma 1-year extension for 1115 waiver
Inside Health Policy
CMS has changed course and approved a one-year extension for Oklahoma's 1115 demonstration "Insure Oklahoma," an existing waiver that helps low-income adults afford health insurance and had been slated to expire at the end of the year, much to the state's chagrin.

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Deloitte job opportunity
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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