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Plans seek mergers, Medicaid business to remain competitive
Managed Healthcare Executive
As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the role of the individual will be more prominent than ever. Experts say the momentum is forcing health plans to adopt new business strategies.
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Sebelius on healthcare law rollout: 'Hold me accountable for the debacle'
The Washington Post
VideoBriefThe battle over the government's problem-plagued healthcare website recently escalated as Republicans attacked the Obama administration over an array of emerging issues involving the health law, including potential security vulnerabilities on the site and complaints from Americans facing cancellations of existing policies.
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CMS mantra: It'll work by December
Politico
November's shaping up to be a major test of Obamacare functionality. That's when new features of the health law's enrollment system — some of which have been put off repeatedly because of insufficient testing — are slated to go online. Among them: Online enrollment in the marketplace for small businesses, a Spanish-language enrollment website and the transfer of Medicaid applications from the feds to the states.
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Insurers, White House argue against delaying healthcare deadline
Los Angeles Times
Even with its health insurance marketplace floundering for the fourth week, the Obama administration is resisting what some Democratic allies contend is the most logical response to the problem — giving consumers more time to sign up. According to insurers and the White house, delaying the deadline could undermine efforts to lure a broad, young and healthy mix of consumers to the market. That would end up costing insurers — and possibly taxpayers — money.
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Amid Obamacare controversies, states keep up Medicaid debate
CBS News
At a recent congressional hearing, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a steadfast supporter of the Affordable Care Act, reminded her Republican colleagues that the healthcare law is here to stay.
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey names Preitauer as senior vice president of government programs
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has announced that Erhardt H. L. Preitauer has been named to the new position of senior vice president of government programs, effective Oct. 29. In this role, Mr. Preitauer will manage Horizon BCBSNJ's Medicare and Medigap businesses and also serve as chief executive officer of Horizon NJ Health, the state's largest Medicaid plan. He will report to Kevin Conlin, executive vice president of healthcare management.
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Wellness apps and websites go for new clients: Insurance companies
Kaiser Health News
Consumers like 26-year-old Michelle Kuecker aren't the only ones noticing the benefits of programs like weight loss plan MyFitnessPal, which also functions as a smartphone app. Last month, the insurance company Cigna announced it will offer services from MyFitnessPal,which has reported more than 40 million users, to the insurer's customers.
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MHPA names Jeff Myers as new president and CEO
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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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Kathleen Sebelius: Obamacare delay wasn't an option
Politico
Health 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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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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Webinar Wednesday on Nov 13: 'ACA: Outlook 2013 and Beyond' by PartnerRe
MHPA
Tasha Barbour, vice president and director of specialty medical programs for PartnerRe, outlines the implications for employers and healthcare providers of the ACA.
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View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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