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'Call me,' maybe, on Medicaid: HHS boss to governors
CNBC
The Obama administration's point woman on Obamacare isn't letting a little thing like election day distract her from urging states to expand Medicaid. In fact, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell cited Tuesday's voting as she invited current governors and those about to be elected to meet with her soon to talk about how their states can make many more poor residents eligible for Medicaid.
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These governors' races could decide whether millions more will get
health insurance

The Washington Post
You won't find Obamacare listed on any state ballots this year, but the future of its coverage expansion will hinge on the outcome of gubernatorial races across the country. Voters in 15 of the 23 states that haven't expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act will go to the polls, and the outcome of those elections will play a major role in determining the reach of President Barack Obama's healthcare law.
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Analysis: Millions more would be insured if Supreme Court upheld
Medicaid expansion

The Hill
An extra 3 million people would have gained health insurance if the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of the Obama administration's Medicaid plans two years ago, according to new data. If all states had expanded their eligibility for the low-income insurance program, the percent of people without insurance nationwide would have fallen by two percentage points, according to a model created by the nonprofit group Enroll America and a data analytics group called Civis. The data was analyzed and published by The New York Times.
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Kansas Medicaid enrollment grew by historically low rate in 2013
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Medicaid enrollment in Kansas grew by a historically low rate in 2013, and it isn't entirely clear why. An analysis by Kansas Health Institute found the number of children and families enrolled in Medicaid grew by 0.1 percent from 2012 to 2013. Scott Brunner, senior analyst and strategy team leader for coverage and access at KHI, said the normal rate of growth for Medicaid has been about 3 percent. That reflects population growth and the normal "churn" of families moving above and below the income cutoff for Medicaid, he said.
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Critics pan recommendation to cut Alaska Medicaid therapy
The Associated Press via The York and Clover Enquirer-Herald
Alaskans lined up to tell Gov. Sean Parnell's advisory committee on Medicaid that it would be a bad idea to limit payments for therapy services. More than 150 people attended the meeting that lasted more than five hours at the Frontier Building, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.
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Big thank you from MHPA; mhpa2014 presentations now available
MHPA


Thanks to all of the attendees, sponsors, and presenters that made Medicaid Health Plans of America’s annual conference a smashing success!

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MHPA honors health plans for improving access, quality of care of
Medicaid beneficiaries

MHPA
MHPA recently presented a select few of its member companies with awards for their groundbreaking best practices that have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees. Selected by an independent advisory panel, these health plans received awards for the programs that they manage for their enrollees: Keystone First, Centene® Corporation, Midwest Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi, Health Partners Plans and Cigna-HealthSpring®. The programs from these health plans serve as a model for others to follow in terms of ensuring access to and the delivery of high-quality care.
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IIR's FDA/CMS Summit for Payers featuring MHPA's Jeff Myers | Dec. 11-12, Washington, D.C.
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Hear from the FDA and CMS under one roof, along with C-level executives from top health plans, at the FDA/CMS Summit for Payers. The entire healthcare continuum is coming together to understand how to better interact with the government to remain compliant, adaptive, and successful as our landscape evolves to become more patient-centric. Collaborate with the most influential people in health care, including speakers MHPA's president and CEO Jeff Myers and Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA. Click here for more information.
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