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Medicaid enrollment surges ahead of ACA signups
Politico
HealthCare.gov may be limping along to full viability, but Medicaid is flying off the shelves. New Medicaid enrollment is far outpacing new insurance customers under Obamacare so far, a subtle sign that the program could play a greater role in the law's coverage expansion than first anticipated.
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Webinar Wednesday: 'Health Exchanges Open for Business' by PwC | Oct. 30,
3 p.m. EST

MHPA
New survey research published by PwC's Health Research Institute found that most health insurers are entering the exchange market — although they face significant challenges and new competition to attract and retain members. HRI looked at what's at stake for hospitals, physicians and other providers in enrolling new members and the challenges ahead for insurers and other new market participants, many of whom will be entering the individual insurance market for the first time.

Join Sandi Hunt, principal in PwC's Health Industry Advisory practice and Caitlin Sweany, senior manager in PwC's Health Research Institute as they discuss the plans, progress and pain points associated with the new state insurance exchanges.

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MHPA 2013: Let us know what you think
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If you went to MHPA 2013, please complete the short attendee survey on the MHPA 2013 conference app, available on Android's Google Play or Apple's app store here. Updated presentations are also available on the app and MHPA's website here.
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Obama health official apologizes for broken HealthCare.gov
The Hill
Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, apologized before a congressional panel for the botched launch of HealthCare.gov. Tavenner was the first Obama administration official to face angry Congressional critics over the bungled healthcare rollout.
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Avalere: Duals demo delays expected as plans eye 3-way negotiations
Inside Health Policy
Further delays in the start of the demonstrations coordinating care for dually eligible beneficiaries are likely, according to an Avalere Health expert, as many states have yet to reach the point where plans can look at the rates that will be set to care for the complex population and start the "heavy lifting" required to set up provider networks and service agreements.
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South Carolina duals demo focuses on home and community-based care
Inside Health Policy
South Carolina is moving forward with a demonstration to coordinate care for beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and living in the community and plans to transfer responsibility for home and community-based services to Coordinated and Integrated Care Organizations plans through the course of the demonstration, the state recently announced.
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Kentucky governor: Medicaid managed care program saving money,
improving health

Lexington Herald-Leader
Six months after unveiling a plan to quickly resolve payment disputes between medical providers and Medicaid managed-care companies, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said the program is working.In April, Beshear vetoed a bill designed to help hospitals and doctors receive prompt payment from three Medicaid managed-care companies, saying it could have unintended consequences.
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Florida adds Medicaid managed care contracts
Health News Florida
A report from analyst firm Stifel says Florida has added four more Medicaid managed care contracts in addition to the two insurers, Centene and WellCare, that were awarded contracts in September. In October, the state gave contracts to Aetna, Amerigroup, UnitedHealth and Molina.
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Medi-Cal transition 'lessons learned'
California Healthline
The Assembly Committee on Health oversight hearing on the many transitions of programs within the Department of Health Care Services was aimed at making sure shifts to Medi-Cal managed care plans are done with a maximum of consumer input and a minimum of disruption to Medi-Cal beneficiaries, according to committee chair Richard Pan.
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Ohio governor defies GOP with defense of social safety net
The New York Times
In his grand Statehouse office beneath a bust of Lincoln, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich let loose on fellow Republicans in Washington, D.C. He said he was "concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor."
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Pennsylvania governor talks up plan to expand Medicaid his way
Kaiser Health News
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may have kept an eye on his fellow Republican governor in Ohio, John Kasich, as Kasich bypassed his own Republican legislature to expand the state's Medicaid program. As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to give coverage to low-income adults, with the federal government picking up most of the tab. Only about half the states so far have planned to do that, starting Jan. 1, and Pennsylvania has, so far, not been among them.
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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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Kathleen Sebelius: Obamacare delay wasn't an option
Politico
ealth 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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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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North Carolina governor rejects call for special session to expand Medicaid
Charlotte Observer
Gov. Pat McCrory rejected a call to convene a special legislative session to add more low-income residents to the state and federal health insurance program. His comments came in response to a news conference called by expansion supporters who again pushed their reasons for allowing more low-income people to sign up for Medicaid.
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Tennessee medical groups urge expansion of Medicaid
The Tennessean
The associations representing the state of Tennessee's doctors and nurses are jointly calling for Gov. Bill Haslam and the legislature to expand TennCare, the Medicaid program in Tennessee. Dr. Chris Young, president of the Tennessee Medical Association, and Jill Kinch, immediate past president of the Tennessee Nurses Association, make an economic argument for expansion.
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