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MHPA offices closed Nov. 4 - Nov. 8 for annual meeting
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MHPA's 2011 Annual Meeting kicks off Sunday with pre-conference sessions on Medicaid managed care compliance. The official meeting starts at 7 a.m. on Monday with a continental breakfast sponsored by Optimetra and leads into an 8 a.m. welcome and opening remarks from Karen Clark, president of Horizon NJ Health and MHPA Board Chair. Get there early — it's going to be a full house.

Click here if you need any last minute info (i.e., you want to check a presentation time or you forgot the conference hotel address). We wish you safe travels to Washington, D.C., and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Note: MHPA's Industry Newsbrief will not be published during the Annual Meeting; it will resume on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Medicaid Health Plans of America strengthens its research, advocacy capabilities with former Hill Staffer Amy Ingham
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Amy I. Ingham joins Medicaid Health Plans of America as Medicaid Policy Manager. Ms. Ingham will serve as the organization's policy and research lead for all Medicaid and CHIP issues that affect the Medicaid health plan industry. More

MedPAC offers recommendations for changes to dual eligibles program
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Medicare's advisory panel recommended several changes that aim to improve and expand a small program for some of the highest-cost beneficiaries in the program. More

Bipartisan group says deficit panel should consider 'all options'
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They're not explicitly agreeing to raise taxes to reduce deficits, but a bipartisan group of 100 House lawmakers — including 40 Republicans — urged the congressional "supercommittee" to put everything in the mix and strive for a larger, $4 trillion deficit reduction deal. More

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National Governors Association asks supercommittee to mind state funds
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The National Governors Association asked the congressional supercommittee on deficit reduction to keep state finances in mind when drafting deficit reduction plans. More

Bipartisan budget hawks to debt-cutting panel: Raise revenue, revamp health programs
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Four prominent deficit-cutters told Congress' bipartisan supercommittee that they should raise revenues and make major changes to expensive health programs on their way to a debt-reduction compromise that should exceed their $1.2 trillion, 10-year mandate. More

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Medicaid directors comment on proposed federal eligibility regulations
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The National Association of Medicaid Directors has submitted comments to federal officials regarding three proposed regulations dealing with upcoming changes in Medicaid eligibility that stem from the federal health reform law passed in 2010. More

Advisory Board, UPMC fund new company; ink MedStar as customer
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MedStar Health will be the first customer of a newly created venture formed by The Advisory Board Company Co., and a Pittsburgh insurer to support healthcare providers that want to be paid for value and results instead of sheer patient volume, the companies announced. More

Report sparks fight over health law taxes
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A new report commissioned by the insurance industry is sparking intense pushback from health reform proponents because it assumes the law's taxes on health insurance plans will be passed on to consumers. More

Medicaid transition to private networks to begin Dec. 15, state health chief says
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The Louisiana health department will begin enrolling almost 900,000 current Medicaid and LaCHIP insurance holders in new coordinated care networks run by private insurers and health care providers, state health Secretary Bruce Greenstein said. More

US approves managed care for Kentucky Medicaid
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Federal authorities have given final approval to Kentucky's new Medicaid managed care plans, allowing the program to be launched. More

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New York Medicaid panel approves sweeping — but vague — changes
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"Coordinated," "integrated" and "managed" — these are the watchwords of New York's Medicaid overhaul efforts, but what exactly it will mean for people on the state's Medicaid program is still a work in progress. More

UnitedHealthcare opens 'superstore' in Flushing, NY
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You know those TV ads for Progressive, which are set in a make-believe insurance superstore overseen by Flo, the sassy, head-banded saleswoman? UnitedHealthcare is staging the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a real-life insurance superstore in Flushing, N.Y. 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!

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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