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MHPA 2013 highlights
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MHPA 2013 is now in the books. Thanks to all our attendees, speakers, exhibitors and other sponsors for another successful conference! Read on for highlights.
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MHPA names Jeff Myers as new president and CEO
MHPA
Michael Rashid, president and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, kicked off MHPA 2013 by announcing that government affairs veteran Jeff Myers will succeed Joe Moser as president and chief executive officer. Joe Moser was recently appointed Medicaid Director for the state of Indiana.
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Managed care seen as future of Medicaid
MedPage Today
Vern Smith of Health Management Associates, in his opening keynote, projected that 85 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries will be in managed care by 2020.
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Winning: MHPA honors members for service and best practices
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MHPA presented the Joy Wheeler Leadership Award to Michael Rashid, president and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies and Kearline Jones, vice president in charge of government relations and compliance for Health Partners Plans for their outstanding service to MHPA this year. Optimetra won the Isadore King Spirit of Service Award for their service on the MHPA program committee and their contributions to the Medicaid and homelessness panel at MHPA 2013.

MHPA also recognized member plans for exemplary programs that serve their Medicaid enrollees. Below are the award categories their winners:
  • Technology: Baby Blocks by UnitedHealthcare
  • Cultural Competency: Culturally Competent Cervical Cancer Screening Program by Select Health of South Carolina
  • Outreach: Physician Oral Health Initiative by Horizon NJ Health
  • Children's Health: Applying Population Management Techniques to Impact Childhood Obesity by AmeriHealth Caritas and Keystone First
  • Make a Difference: Provider Partnerships: A Collaborative and Integrative Approach to Expanding Dental Access and Care by Keystone First
  • Innovation: Control your Heart for the Future Heart Failure Program by Delaware Physicians Care, an Aetna Health Plan (DCPI)
  • Honorable Mention: Getting Everyone Involved In Quality by Midwest Health Plan and 4 Your Kids Care: Addressing non-urgent ER Utilization by Keystone First

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Ohio OKs Obamacare Medicaid expansion
Politico
An obscure Ohio board has approved Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, but a likely legal fight by furious conservatives is looming. The decision, 5-2, by the state Controlling Board to back expansion at the urging of Republican Gov. John Kasich would accept billions of federal dollars to extend coverage to an estimated 300,000 poor Ohioans. Kasich pursued a vote of the board after efforts to win over his Republican-led legislature failed to gain traction.
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Wyoming eyes more Medicaid changes
Casper Star-Tribune
More changes may be in store for Wyoming Medicaid as lawmakers look to cut costs in one of the state's most expensive programs. The state Department of Health is already redesigning its Medicaid eligibility system, as well as a program that pays for disability services. Now it's exploring what could be the biggest modification yet — altering how it manages healthcare for the roughly 90,000 poor and medically needy people who use Medicaid annually.
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California may learn from other states in move toward streamlined enrollment
California Healthline
California is in the process of streamlining the eligibility and enrollment system for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. In July, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills — ABX1-1, by Assembly member John Pérez, and SBX1-1, by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) — that included provisions making it easier for California to use income data from existing state assistance programs to determine Medi-Cal eligibility.
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In some states, most early marketplace enrollees qualify for Medicaid
Kaiser Health News
In several states, most of the people enrolling through new online insurance marketplaces are signing on to Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor. What's the reason for this?
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Medicaid and the incentive to work
The New York Times
The Affordable Care Act is — to state the obvious — aimed at bolstering insurance coverage in the United States. But the law is so big that it will necessarily have widespread economic ramifications, economists think, including an effect on the labor market.
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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.

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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.

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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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    New York Medicaid managed care to lose Excellus (The Associated Press via CNY Central)
New Hampshire Medicaid expansion panel approves final report (Bedford Patch)
Emerging Senate deal spares Obamacare (The Hill)
A change in services and a Medicaid pay hike in Georgia (Georgia Health News)
Ohio Medicaid expansion still up in air on Controlling Board (The Columbus Dispatch)

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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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