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Last Call: MHPA 2013
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Are you excited? We sure are! Here are a few last minute details:

Registration:
Online pre-registration will be open through Monday, Oct 21. On-site registration will also be available at the MHPA 2013 registration desk outside of Prince George's Exhibit Hall E. Note: You must pick up your badge at the desk before attending any events including the Welcome Reception at Pose Lounge.
Transportation:
Don't forget to use MHPA's transportation partner UBER to get to MHPA 2013 from local airports DCA, IAD or BWI via a professionally driven black car or SUV. Use the promo code MHPA2013 to get $30 off your first ride in an uberX, black car or SUV. Sign up here.
Agenda:
The shutdown is over, but the agenda may still be in flux. Make sure you have the latest info by downloading the MHPA 2013 conference app here.
Twitter:
If you plan to share conference happenings on social media, please use #MHPA2013 to tag your post.
MHPA 2013 Highlights:
In a special edition of the MHPA Industry Update, we will publish conference highlights on Tue, Oct 22.

Safe travels, and we'll see you at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on Sunday for the MHPA 2013 Welcome Reception at Pose Lounge!
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Obamacare unscathed in fiscal deal
The Hill
After shutting down the federal government in an attempt to defund Obamacare, Republicans ultimately did not win any changes to the healthcare reform law as part of an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
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ACA backers OK with income verification in debt deal
Politico
Republicans are getting a single Obamacare crumb in the spending deal — an income verification measure that Democratic proponents of the law are willing to swallow. It's the only tweak to the Affordable Care Act in the agreement forged by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to end the shutdown and lift the debt ceiling.
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Report: 5.2 million adults will fall into ACA 'coverage gap' next year
Kaiser Health News
About 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults will fall into the "coverage gap," created by 26 states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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States' Medicaid decisions cost community health centers
Kaiser Health News
Community health centers will pay a steep price for states' decisions not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law. A new study by George Washington University researchers estimates that 518 health centers in the more than two dozen states not expanding Medicaid will lose out on $555 million next year because their uninsured patients won't get Medicaid or federally subsidized coverage in the new online health insurance marketplaces.
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New Hampshire will hold special session on Medicaid expansion
The Washington Post
New Hampshire legislators will meet next month to hammer out what leaders hope will be a bipartisan agreement to expand Medicaid after the state's Executive Council voted to allow Gov. Maggie Hassan to call a special session.
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Ohio governor's Medicaid expansion expected to pass Controlling Board
The Columbus Dispatch
Though no Republican on the board has announced that he will vote for it, Senate President Keith Faber said he expects Ohio Gov. John Kasich to win Controlling Board approval to spend what is needed to expand Medicaid.
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North Carolina commissioners to legislature: Reconsider your rejection of expanding Medicaid coverage
Charlotte Observer
Mecklenburg County, N.C., commissioners passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to reconsider turning down billions in federal money that would expand Medicaid coverage to 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians.
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Wisconsin governor criticized for not taking Medicaid money
The Associated Press via Sheboygan Press
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was criticized by Democratic candidate Mary Burke for turning down $119 million from the federal government in an effort to expand Medicaid coverage for Wisconsin residents just above the poverty line.
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Poll shows divide on Medicaid in Virginia
Richmond Times-Dispatch
More likely Virginia voters support expanding Medicaid than not, with deep divides along party lines. Overall, likely voters support expansion 51 percent to 42 percent, with 86 percent of Democrats in favor and 76 percent of Republicans opposed, according to a poll released by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
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Washington state Medicaid increases dental coverage for adults
The Spokesman-Review
A quarter-million adults in Washington will gain dental coverage over the next two years as the state expands its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act and re-establishes programs dropped in budget cutbacks. Starting Jan. 1, current Medicaid recipients who lost coverage after successive rounds of budget cuts in 2009 and 2011 will have it restored, and those added to the healthcare program under an agreement between the state and federal government will also be eligible for dental coverage, state officials said.
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Webinar Wednesdays schedule
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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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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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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)
Costliest 1 percent makes up 1 percent of health spending (The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News)
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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