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Health spending over the coming decade expected to exceed economic growth
Kaiser Health News
The nation's total health spending will bump up next year, as the health law expands insurance coverage to more Americans and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections released by government actuaries.
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Census: Household income, poverty rate flat for 1st time since recession
The Washington Post
Three years into an economic recovery, falling household incomes and rising poverty rates have leveled off, suggesting the deep slide caused by the recession has finally bottomed out, new census statistics recently released show.
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Access to healthcare for the poor varies widely among states
Los Angeles Times
Access to affordable, quality healthcare for poor Americans varies dramatically among the states, according to a new study that found a wide disparity in measures of health between states with the best healthcare systems and those with the worst.
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Just added: MHPA 2013 session on Medicaid and homelessness
MHPA
John Lovelace, president of UPMC for You, and Richard Cho, policy director for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, will discuss a case example on the emerging and important policy issue of Medicaid and the homeless. View full conference details here.
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Census Bureau: 48 million Americans remain uninsured
Kaiser Health News
The rate of uninsured Americans dropped slightly for the second consecutive year in 2012, from 15.7 percent to 15.4 percent, largely a result of more people enrolling in Medicare and Medicaid, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.
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Many states with few insured citizens aren't expanding Medicaid under Obamacare
The Washington Post
States whose citizens are most likely to be uninsured are also more likely than not to refuse extra aid under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Six of the 10 states with the lowest rates of coverage have no plans to expand low-income aid under Obamacare, according to an analysis of new Census data. Meanwhile, eight of the 10 states with the highest rates plan to allow the expansion.
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Boehner bows to conservative demands on Obamacare defunding
The Hill
VideoBriefHouse Republican leaders bowed to conservative demands and announced plans to strip out money for Obamacare from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Sept. 30.
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Senate GOP mum on House CR plan
Politico
When it comes to Senate Republicans' thoughts on the House plan to pass a short-term spending bill defunding Obamacare, mum's the word. GOP Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas) — who have loudly been calling for defunding the healthcare law — quickly praised House Speaker John Boehner for crafting a bill that strips funding from the much-reviled Affordable Care Act. So too did Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who "supports the House effort," said spokesman Don Stewart.
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Federal commission head: A 'narrow window' to implement long-term care policy
The Washington Post
Over 12 million Americans rely on long-term services and supports in their home or community or in an institution. That number is expected to swell as the baby boomer generation ages and the number of available caregivers dwindles. The Washington Post spoke with Bruce Chernof, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation and chair of the bipartisan federal Commission on Long-Term Care, which has released a report with recommendations for a targeted long-term care approach as America ages.
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Pennsylvania governor stumping for Medicaid plan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Out-of-work Medicaid recipients could be required to search for a job as part of a proposed health program overhaul in Pennsylvania — that is, if the new plan gets the OK from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled a proposed major overhaul of the state's Medicaid system: cutting the number of benefit plans available from 14 to two, putting in place monthly premiums on a sliding scale and instituting a work-search requirement for unemployed working-age, able-bodied adults.
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Medicaid seeks budget increase of $143 million in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger
VideoBriefThe Medicaid roll wasn't expanded in Mississippi under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the executive director of the Division of Medicaid said during state budget hearings that as many as 72,000 people could still be added to Medicaid.
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Study: ED use in California could surge under ACA
MedPage Today
Increases in California emergency department use were driven in large part by Medicaid patients, presaging increased burdens after the Affordable Care Act kicks in completely, researchers found. From 2005 to 2010, the number of visits to California emergency departments rose by 13.2 percent from 5.4 million to 6.1 million annually, with a significant 35 percent increase in the number of patients insured through Medi-Cal driving this rise, according to Renee Hsia, M.D., MSc, of the University of California San Francisco, and colleagues.
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Report to South Dakota governor: Boosting Medicaid rewarding but risky
Argus Leader
Adding tens of thousands of low-income South Dakotans to the state's Medicaid program would have a big health and economic impact but raise budgetary and philosophical concerns, Gov. Dennis Daugaard was told recently.
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'Medicaid/CHIP Participation Rates Among Children: An Update'
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The following article assesses Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program participation rates and the number of uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP using the most recent data available from the American Community Survey.
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Webinar Wednesdays schedule
MHPA
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 Lilly, First Quality, Millennium Labs, PwC, Deloitte and others available free on MHPA website
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View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed 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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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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