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New Hampshire Medicaid expansion panel approves final report
Bedford Patch
The state of New Hampshire's Medicaid Expansion Commission voted to adopt a report recommending that nearly 50,000 people be added to the Medicaid program in the state. The vote is just the first step in a long process. Now it will be up to the legislature to debate how the expansion gets implemented.
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Webinar Wednesday: 'Clinical Challenges in Pain Management' by Millennium Laboratories, 3 p.m. ET, Oct. 16
MHPA
Intended for clinical audiences using urine drug testing, this webinar will help attendees understand, interpret and integrate testing results into ongoing clinical assessment and decision-making. It will address differences in testing technologies with a focus on understanding the causes and consequences of false negative and false positive results.

The webinar will help clinicians communicate better with patients about unexpected results, potentially improving patient care and the therapeutic relationship. Angela G. Huskey Pharm.D., CPE, associate vice president of clinical affairs for Millennium Laboratories, will present.

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MHPA 2013: The clock is ticking
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Final preparations for MHPA 2013, the premier event of the Medicaid managed care industry, are underway. If you're at a health plan and haven't registered yet, you'll be missing out on our best conference ever if you don't sign up now.

Interactive discussion panels on fraud, waste and abuse, homelessness and risk-based reimbursement, guidance from Medicaid Directors of Arizona and Delaware and a fun, engaging trade show reception are just a few of the agenda items in store for you at the luxurious Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Don't wait to hear about all the conference highlights when it's over. Come see for yourself!

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Emerging Senate deal spares Obamacare
The Hill
The bipartisan deal emerging in the Senate would do little to harm Obamacare if it passes Congress. The bargain under negotiation by Senate leaders would delay the law's reinsurance fee for one year and possibly strengthen income verification requirements for people receiving subsidies on the exchanges.
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Health act embraced in California
The New York Times
With enthusiastic backing from state officials and an estimated seven million uninsured, California is a crucial testing ground for the success of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It is building the country's largest state-run health insurance exchange and has already expanded Medicaid coverage for the poor. Officials hope that the efforts here will eventually attract more than 2 million people who are currently uninsured.
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California hospital group proposes ballot initiative for Medi-Cal provider fee
California Healthline
The California Hospital Association recently filed a ballot initiative for the November 2014 ballot that would set the percentage the state gets from a fee levied on hospitals and designate how the money is to be spent. The action, which required notification to the state Attorney General's Office, would lock in place current practices and is not the result of any disagreement with the legislature, said Jan Emerson-Shea, association vice president.
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Ohio Medicaid expansion still up in air on Controlling Board
The Columbus Dispatch
Two paths are emerging for Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich to secure the fourth vote he needs on the seven-member Controlling Board to expand Medicaid. The administration has six days before it formally will ask the oversight panel to approve $2.56 billion in federal money to cover 275,000 more poor Ohioans under Medicaid.
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Virginia senator: Look for Medicaid alternatives
Richmond Times-Dispatch
A pivotal state legislator in the debate over expanding Virginia's Medicaid program wants to examine alternatives for providing healthcare through the private market. Sen. Walter A. Stosch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, recently said that he wants to consider approaches used by other states in the face of political opposition to extending Medicaid coverage to childless adults, parents and others below or barely above the poverty line.
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New York Medicaid managed care to lose Excellus
The Associated Press via CNY Central
New York insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has notified doctors and providers that it will drop out of public health insurance programs for the poor and disabled. Excellus said it is withdrawing from the Medicaid managed care because it expects to lose about $100 million on programs this year.
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A change in services and a Medicaid pay hike in Georgia
Georgia Health News
A Georgia state health agency board gave initial approval to offering care coordination services to 450,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who have disabilities or are elderly. The proposal for the "aged, blind and disabled" population comes as part of the state's move to improve care and reduce spending. This beneficiary category represents roughly 28 percent of Medicaid enrollees in Georgia, but it accounts for 60 percent of the overall costs of the program.
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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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Federal insurance marketplace can't yet 'talk' to state Medicaid agencies
Kaiser Health News
The health law's online insurance exchanges were supposed to be a one-stop shop where consumers browsing for coverage could enroll in a private health plan or in Medicaid if they qualified. But that won't happen with the federal exchange being relied upon by consumers in 36 states — at least not initially.

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DCCC hits House Republicans on entitlement reform
The Hill
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is shifting the focus of the shutdown debate onto seniors in a new attack that hammers more than 60 House Republicans for "throw[ing] our seniors under the bus."

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Delaware budget writers talk Medicaid spending, expenditures
The Associated Press via Washington Post
Delaware legislature budget writers recently met to discuss how to curb spending on the state's Medicaid program, which costs state taxpayers roughly $700 million a year.

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Recent webinar presentations from SCA Personal Care, Lilly, First Quality, Millennium Labs 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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    Report: Even states not expanding Medicaid will see surge in spending, enrollment (Kaiser Health News)
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Shutdown will halt DC Medicaid payments (The Washington Post)
California cuts Medicaid payments amid wave of new users (Bloomberg)
Mississippi blues: The cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion (Reuters)

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