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Senate Republican Leader splits with Texas senator on Obamacare defunding tactic
The Hill
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., broke with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and said he would oppose a filibuster of House legislation defunding Obamacare. McConnell said he would not block the bill from coming to a final vote because it includes language to strip funding from President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law while keeping current government funding levels in place.
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New discounted room block open at Gaylord Hotel for MHPA 2013
MHPA
As expected, MHPA has hit the limit on discounted rooms at the conference hotel well before the rate was set to expire. However, we were able to add a limited number of special rate rooms for MHPA 2013 attendees. Reserve your room now before those are gone, too. The offer is only good until Friday, Sept. 27, or until the new block runs out, whichever comes first. View full conference details here.
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CMS: Basic Health trust funds can't be used for program administration
Inside Health Policy
Federal funding given to states operating a Basic Health Program, a voluntary option designed to mitigate "churning" between Medicaid and the exchange, cannot be spent on BHP program administration or administrative costs for any other program, CMS writes in a long-awaited, proposed rule implementing the ACA provision.
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How exchanges will affect Medicaid on MACPAC's future agenda
CQ Roll Call
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission discussed at its recent meeting its priorities for the coming year, with a focus on the implementation of the healthcare law and the intersection of Medicaid with new marketplaces that will start enrolling people in less than two weeks. Commissioners on the panel, known as MACPAC, batted around half a dozen ideas that they had discussed at a private planning retreat in July and said they want to explore more. (subscription required)
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North Carolina Medicaid director resigns
Carteret County News-Times
Carol Steckel has resigned from her position of North Carolina Medicaid Director after just eight months in office. The sudden departure comes after numerous issues associated with the NCTracks Medicaid computerized billing system, and NCFast, which is slowly being rolled out statewide and also deals with Medicaid patients. Steckel's last day will be Oct. 11, according to a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Analysis: Another Kansas debate over Medicaid likely
The Republic
Kansas legislators likely will have another debate next year over expanding the state's Medicaid program, despite the antipathy from conservative Republicans toward the federal healthcare overhaul that prevented such a move this year.
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Wisconsin to drop Medicaid patients in favor of exchange
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's administration plans to drop Medicaid patients in favor of the state's health insurance exchange. The administration notified enrollees in BadgerCare, the state's Medicaid program, that they may lose access due to new income requirements. The state encourages those no longer eligible for Medicaid to sign up for the exchange by Dec. 15 or risk a break in coverage.
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Alabama governor: Medicaid, exchange decisions part of fighting Obamacare
AL.com
Three months before the implementation of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act — expanded Medicaid programs and coverage on insurance exchanges — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley maintains the state is doing the right thing by participating in neither.
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Study: Medicaid patients behind jump in California ER visits
HealthDay News
Difficulty finding primary care may explain a large rise in emergency department visits by adults in California with Medicaid coverage, according to researchers. Emergency department visits made by adults aged 19 to 64 increased 13 percent between 2005 and 2010, according to their analysis. In terms of numbers, actual visits climbed from 5.4 million per year to 6.1 million per year over the time period.
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Census: More than 850,000 Texas children lack health coverage
The Texas Tribune and Kaiser Health News
Texas continued to have the highest rate of people without health insurance in 2012 at 24.6 percent, or more than 6 million residents, according to the Current Population Survey estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas also has the largest number of children without health insurance and the highest rate of poor adults without health insurance, according to 2012 American Community Survey estimates.
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The ACA's 'family glitch' could hurt families who need CHIP
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Affordable Care Act is primarily aimed at insuring more adults, including parents. In the process, a substantial number of uninsured children may also get coverage as their parents learn more about federal and state subsidies. Just how many will depend on whether states maintain their existing Children's Health Insurance Program. Without CHIP, the federal-state healthcare program for kids, some worry about potential harm the ACA may do to children. A main concern is a provision known as the "family glitch" that could make employer-sponsored insurance too costly for low-income workers.
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5 key facts about the delivery and financing of long-term services and supports
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
The following are five primary Facts about the delivery and financing of long-term services and supports. Among the information, people of all ages require long-term services and supports.
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Centene's Florida subsidiary announced as intended Medicaid contract awardee
PRNewswire via iStockAnalyst
Centene Corporation has announced that the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration posted its notice of intent to award a contract for the Managed Medical Assistance program to Centene's Florida subsidiary Sunshine State Health Plan. After challenge and contract readiness periods are completed, enrollment is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2014 and should be completed by October 2014.
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State of Florida selects Magellan Complete Care to launch plan that integrates behavioral/physical healthcare in 8 regions
Business Wire via Magellan Health Services
As part of the new statewide Medicaid Managed Care program, the state of Florida has announced today that Magellan Complete Care of Florida has received notice of contract award to launch a Medicaid specialty healthcare plan. This plan — the first of its kind in the nation — provides individuals with Serious Mental Illness the coordinated physical and mental healthcare they need to live healthier lives.
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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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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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Boehner bows to conservative demands on Obamacare defunding
The Hill
House 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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