House to vote on bill scaling back ACA's Medicaid expansion
The House is poised to vote on a measure sponsored by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., that would scale back the health reform law's Medicaid expansion and subsidies. GOP aides privately concede it may die in the Senate. More
GOP governors oppose Obama plan to cut Medicaid spending
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Republican governors urged the congressional supercommittee to consider major changes to Medicaid, but not the cuts in federal spending that President Obama has proposed. More
States are limiting Medicaid hospital coverage in search for savings
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In the latest sign of how desperate they are to control rising Medicaid costs, a small but growing number of states are sharply limiting hospital coverage — to as few as 10 days a year. More
Amerigroup to expand New York presence
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Amerigroup Corporation announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase substantially all of the operating assets and contract rights of Health Plus, one of the largest Medicaid managed care companies in New York. More
Inspector general report faults oversight of Medicaid prescription drug program
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Not one of 14 states recently audited had adequate controls in place to ensure that all of its Medicaid drug expenditures complied with federal law, according to a new Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General report. The potential cost to state and federal taxpayers: almost $260 million. More
States' legal challenge focuses high court on Medicaid expansion
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It is expected that the high court will soon decide which among the key issues and lawsuits challenging the health reform measure it will hear. In related news, media outlets offer local angles on how health law implementation is going and how it might impact specific states. More
Proposed exchange regulator comments on deck as stakeholders continue to dig through ACO rule
This is the last full week that stakeholders have to comment on two proposed exchange rules HHS released in July, one that outlined the establishment of exchanges and qualified health plans and another containing standards related to the exchanges' three Rs: risk adjustment, reinsurance and risk corridors. More
South Carolina Medicaid agency may add 70,000 kids to program
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The director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency wants to make it easier for low-income children who already qualify for health care coverage to enroll, saying it's a conservative step toward meeting a huge unfunded liability looming in 2014. More
South Carolina Medicaid agency may reinstate dental coverage
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South Carolina's Medicaid agency may reinstate paying for tooth extractions in 2012-13. The state Department of Health and Human Services cut emergency dental service for adults last spring as it sought to close a $228 million deficit. Federal law doesn't require state Medicaid programs to cover dental service for adults. More
California: 778 assessments a day to meet deadline
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The clock is ticking, and it's a big clock. When the state eliminated adult day healthcare as a Medi-Cal benefit, the California Department of Health Care Services announced it would do a complete health risk assessment of all ADHC patients to better determine what their health needs are. More
TMG Health to consolidate in $20 million headquarters
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One of the region's fastest-growing companies will consolidate operations at a $20 million facility. TMG Health Inc., a medical billing and management company based in King of Prussia, Pa., will centralize national operations at a three-story, 150,000-square-foot building in the Valley View Business Park. More
Enroll America Webinar 'Designing an Application Process that Works' Oct. 26, 3 p.m.
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A health coverage application process that is simple and user-friendly will mean that more Americans get enrolled. Jenny Sullivan of Enroll America will discuss some of the best practices in application processes learned through improvements in Medicaid and CHIP, as well as the federal framework for exchange applications. Terri Shaw of The Children's Partnership will speak about the innovative Enroll UX 2014 project, which aims to develop a first class user experience design for exchanges. The project will offer design standards and specifications for an online portal that will make it easier for people to understand the coverage they may be eligible for and will support decision-making. Click here to register.
New sponsor opportunity added; only 8 rooms left in room block for MHPA Annual Meeting
Even though exhibit booth space is sold out, it's not too late to become a sponsor of MHPA's 2011 Annual Meeting and get valuable exposure to attendees who can help grow your business.
An opportunity is available via the new amenity we've added for the benefit of our attendees: Charging Station Kiosks to revive dying mobile phones, PDAs and laptops. Each kiosk is equipped with a monitor that can display a 30-second message promoting your company's healthcare management tools and services. Acceptable formats for your ad: movie files (.wmv, .avi) for a TV commercial type ad, Power Point (.ppt) for presentations or picture files (.jpg, .bmp, .tiff) to simply display your company logo and slogan.
Your company's 30-second ad will be among a group of MHPA sponsor ads running on a continuous loop throughout the day on all four charging station kiosks. To lock your charging station ad space today, contact Leanne Cardwell, MHPA's Director of Membership and Development, at 202.857.5729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Health Insurance Exchange Congress - Nov. 9-11 Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Md.
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Attend IIR's inaugural Health Insurance Exchange Congress where health plans, states and the federal government are addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges. With an estimated 24 million newly eligibles, states and health plans are scrambling to put together their strategies to comply with the federal law. Over three days in Baltimore, you will learn key strategies from states and plans with existing exchanges and hear firsthand what works and what doesn't. To learn more, visit the website and download the latest conference brochure. MPHA members can receive 25 percent off the standard registration rate with Priority Code XP1610MHPAN. Register online today!
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