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MHPA 2013 presentations online
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For those of you who attended MHPA 2013, thanks for coming! We hope you enjoyed the conference and found the session both interesting and useful. To view and download select presentations from MHPA 2013, click here. You can also download them from the MHPA 2013 event app.

If you don't have it already, you can get the app from Android's Google Play or Apple's app store by searching for "mhpa" or by tapping here with your smartphone or tablet. Once you download it, just tap the "Schedule" icon and find the session you want, then scroll to the bottom for "Documents" and download the presentation from there. You can also download the presentations using a desktop version of the app here.
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Medicaid could be the next headache for Obamacare
Politico
A new phase of the Obamacare launch is coming, this one involving Medicaid. And it could be déjà vu all over again. On Nov. 1, the health law's malfunctioning enrollment system is supposed to send reams of data to states so they can begin placing thousands of people into Medicaid. But state officials say that transfer system has barely been tested and could be vulnerable to technical failures like those that have crippled the broader Obamacare signup process.
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Partisan attacks dominate Obamacare rollout hearing
The Hill
Congress' first hearing on Obamacare's botched enrollment system immediately took on a political tone, as lawmakers tangled in partisan attacks. Interparty sniping dominated the first several stages of the hearing, as Republicans and Democrats each sought the ethical high ground on the healthcare law.
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Marilyn Tavenner to testify on Capitol Hill
Politico
The Obamacare grilling on Capitol Hill will continue. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will testify in front of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 29, on implementation of the health law.
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Sebelius thrust into firestorm on exchanges
The New York Times
The first, and perhaps most painful, call for Kathleen Sebelius to resign as President Barack Obama's health secretary came this month from an old family friend: Sen. Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, who once boasted of a "special relationship" with Ms. Sebelius, forged when he worked for her father-in-law.
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Kathleen Sebelius: Obamacare delay wasn't an option
Politico
VideoBriefHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said delaying the launch of the insurance exchanges was "not really an option" — even though those building the federal website knew about major problems days in advance.
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Democrats upset with damage Obamacare website has caused on broader law
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A group of frustrated Democrats are unhappy that ongoing issues with new healthcare exchanges have caused damage on the public's perception of Obamacare. Some lawmakers are insisting that President Barack Obama should ensure those responsible lose their jobs.
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States' refusal to expand Medicaid may leave millions uninsured
NPR
VideoBriefPresident Barack Obama has appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
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Study: Low-income Californians want better healthcare information
Kaiser Health News
For many low-income Californians, enrolling in health insurance is just one hurdle to overcome in getting the care they want. A new report says better communication with doctors and obtaining clearer information is also high on their wish lists.
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Cuts to Medi-Cal threaten access to care
California Health Report
Medi-Cal, the Medicaid program for 8.5 million impoverished Californians, will greatly expand with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act next year. But even as the state Department of Health Care Services prepares to accept an estimated 1.1 million newly eligible people into the program, California is reducing its payments to many doctors and pharmacies by at least 10 percent.
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Medicaid expansion opponents file lawsuit in Ohio
The Associated Press via Times Union
The state of Ohio saw six Republican lawmakers and a couple of anti-abortion groups sue the state to fund an expansion of the Medicaid health program. Ohio Gov. John Kasich's administration brought the funding request to the Controlling Board, which bypassed the legislature.
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Medicaid coverage gap will affect more than 5 million Americans, including 193,000 in Missouri
St. Louis Beacon
By Missouri's refusal to expand its Medicaid program, more than 193,000 adults in the state will find themselves stuck in a coverage gap, come Jan. 1. These are uninsured adults who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but too little to be eligible for the government subsidies that discount the price of private health insurance.
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Cigna selects Altegra Health for risk analytics and member engagement support for new commercial health insurance marketplace
Globe Newswire via MarketWatch
Altegra Health Inc., a leading provider of business, technology and consulting solutions that improve healthcare organization performance, has announced that Cigna Corporation has selected Altegra Health to help optimize risk analytics and strategically enhance enrollee communications and engagement for the new commercial health insurance marketplace.
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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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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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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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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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