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MHPA submits final comments on exchange eligibility
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MHPA submits final comments to the proposed rule on Exchange Eligibility in the Affordable Care Act. The comments focus on the following issues that MHPA members have identified as priorities. More

MHPA responds to RFI from CMS regarding state flexibility to establish a basic health program
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MHPA offers responses to select questions included in the Request for Information Regarding State Flexibility to Establish a Basic Health Program Under the Affordable Care Act. More

Supreme Court to decide if suits can be filed over Medicaid cuts
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The Obama administration's decision to approve Medicaid cuts in California isn't expected to affect a Supreme Court case involving those cuts. More

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HHS finalizes standards on health disparities
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The Health and Human Services Department finalized new standards to track broad factors that affect people's health. The standards are part of HHS's effort to reduce healthcare disparities — differences in health status and access to healthcare that stem from social, cultural and environmental issues. More

First ever healthcare milestone reached: UnitedHealthcare now serves 2 million US children in Medicaid and related programs
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UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, has achieved a milestone: 2 million children served across the country. UnitedHealthcare Community and State is the largest Medicaid managed care company in an expanding market of Medicaid and related programs. More

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North Carolina Medicaid faces 139 million shortfall
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The administrators in North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue's office have announced that the state's Medicaid health insurance program could face a $139 million shortfall in the coming year due, in part, to slow enrollment of the chronically ill. More

Alabama Medicaid recipients will see changes to drug benefits
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While Medicaid officials in other states have grappled with cutting medical benefits to the poor — such as the number of hospital days covered annually — Alabama's Medicaid officials say that’s not the case here. More

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton forms healthcare task force
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Minnesota governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order that establishes a new state task force on healthcare reform. The order requires the state Commerce Department and the 17-member task force to design and develop a health insurance exchange. More

Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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Today's Census report shows that in 2010, the share of all Americans and the share of children living in poverty, the number and share of people living in "deep poverty," and the number without health insurance all reached their highest level in many years — in some cases, in several decades — while median household income fell significantly after adjusting for inflation. More

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Legislation introduced to boost use of electronic Medical records
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The legislation, which would focus its legal protection on providers who participate in Medicare and Medicaid, is designed to encourage the adoption of health information technology. More

TMG Health hires new vice president of enrollment and billing services
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TMG Health, the leading national provider of expert solutions for government-sponsored health plans, announces the appointment of Michael Kingery as Vice President of Enrollment and Billing Services. More

New Century Health receives URAC Health Utilization Management Accreditation
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New Century Health, a specialty care management company, announced that it has been awarded Health Utilization Management Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry. More

Call for submissions: Best Practice Compendium for Serious Mental Illness Care
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MHPA is developing a Best Practice Compendium for Serious Mental Illness Care for January, 2012 release. Many of our member plans are carrying out innovative programs to address the needs of seriously mentally ill members in Medicaid health plans. Please consider writing up a page or two about your program for inclusion in this Compendium. This is a great opportunity to highlight the work of your plan — and a good way to get information about health plan activities to policy makers, state representatives and other stakeholders. Submissions are due Nov. 15. Download the submission form here. Please contact Liza Greenberg at if you have questions or suggestions. Thank you in advance!

5 percent discount on MHPA Annual Meeting travel with American Airlines®
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MHPA has partnered with American Airlines® to help meeting attendees save on airfare costs to attend our 2011 Annual Meeting, "The Changing Landscape for Medicaid Health Plans," set for Nov. 6-8 in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

To take advantage of the MHPA/American Airlines® 5 percent discount on ANY published airfare to the Washington, D.C., area for the Annual Meeting, just visit and book your flight by using the Promotion Code: 11N1BJ. Your discount will be calculated automatically.

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Health Insurance Exchange Congress - Nov. 9-11 at the Hilton Baltimore
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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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