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MHPA names Sarah Swango as director of membership
MHPA
Medicaid Health Plans of America has added seasoned membership professional Sarah G. Swango to its growing staff. As MHPA's new director of membership and development, Sarah will show Medicaid health plans, members and nonmembers alike, the value that MHPA brings to their organizations and to the Medicaid managed care industry as a whole.
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Obamacare gets dismal marks in new poll
The Hill
VideoBriefA majority of voters disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, according to a recent survey released by The Morning Consult. According to the poll, 53 percent disapprove of the law, with 39 percent saying they strongly disapprove. Forty-one percent said they approve, and of those, only 17 said they strongly approve.
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Report: Healthcare spending growing at slowest pace on record
The Hill
VideoBriefThe White House has released a report that shows healthcare spending has grown at the slowest rate on record under the Affordable Care Act. The report, produced by the Council of Economic Advisers, comes as the administration tries to emphasize positive news about the new law amid stories about its troubled website and the cancellation of millions of individual health plans.
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Medicaid expansion, Duck Dynasty and a Louisiana House special election
The Washington Post
Republican Vance McAllister will soon be headed to Congress. In an upset, McAllister, 39, won the special election runoff in Louisiana's 5th district, defeating a candidate backed by the GOP establishment. He heads to Washington, D.C., with an atypical résumé and unlikely political profile.
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How Obamacare has fared in each state
The Washington Post
A lot of ink has been spilled on the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's landmark ealth-care law, but contextualizing it has been difficult (if not downright confusing). The Washington Post has put together an easy-to-read table documenting how Obamacare has fared in each state.
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The new health coverage gap: Will Obama or states take action to close it?
California Healthline
"Doughnut hole" is a familiar term in the health policy world. For years, it has been used to describe the gap in Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Now, there is a new doughnut hole — a gap in health insurance options for low-income individuals in states that opt against expanding Medicaid.
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North Carolina lawmakers debate Medicaid's past and future
North Carolina Health News
In a recent legislative meeting, lawmakers and officials from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services debated changes to the state's Medicaid program and what the program might look like in the future. At issue is the question of whether the state will change the structure of the program or invite private companies to manage Medicaid, which pays for medical and other forms of care for close to 1.8 million North Carolinians.
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KanCare open enrollment approaches
Kansas Health Institute
Open enrollment for thousands of the state of Kansas' KanCare enrollees will start Dec. 1 and run through March 2, 2014, state Medicaid officials announced. Enrollment packets are being put in the mail and members can expect to receive them by the end of the month, officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a prepared statement.
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Missouri Medicaid pilot program proposed by in-state doctors
The Associated Press via The News-Times
Doctors in Missouri looking to better the state's Medicaid program outlined a program that would create a pilot project where primary care physicians would be paid a flat monthly amount for each Medicaid patient they accept.
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Missouri officials' meeting on Medicaid scuttled after legislators, Nixon tangle over terms
St. Louis Beacon
The anticipated meeting between Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and top legislative leaders to discuss healthcare and Medicaid may be on the ropes as a result of a dispute over how and where the session would proceed.
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South Carolina encouraged to expand Medicaid
The Greenville News
The White House and South Carolina Democrats joined forces to encourage the state to expand its Medicaid program and provide health insurance to an additional 198,000 lower-income residents. South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, in a conference call with reporters arranged by the White House, said Republicans are resisting the expansion for political reasons.
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Hospitals push coverage in New York
The Wall Street Journal
Many of New York City's financially strapped hospitals are scrambling to sign up people for health coverage through New York state's exchange or through Medicaid as they brace for federal cuts to providers of so-called charity care for the uninsured.
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Group hired to evaluate Medicaid program in Maine
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
An outside consultant will be paid nearly $1 million by Maine's health department to evaluate the state's Medicaid program and study whether it should be expanded under the federal healthcare overhaul.
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CMS expects federal exchange to send Medicaid applications to states
Inside Health Policy
CMS Medicaid chief Cindy Mann recently expressed optimism that the federally facilitated exchange would soon be able to send Medicaid applications to states and suggested that the transfer of information from the FFE may not go to all affected Medicaid agencies at the same time, as some state Medicaid programs are ready for the applications and others aren't.

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Medicaid chief thanks state leaders, even as they skip expansion option
Kaiser Health News
It wasn't all hugs and kisses, but the nation's top Medicaid official told Medicaid directors from around the country that she was proud of the job they were all doing — even though half of their states opted against expanding the state-federal health insurance program for the poor under the health law.

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Health program for poor, despite taking criticism, leading in signups
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Medicaid, which has seen its share of criticism under the Obama administration, been has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states since open enrollment began six weeks ago, according to market analysis firm Avalere Health. This has turned into what some may consider an unexpected success story for President Barack Obama and his technologically challenged health overhaul.

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US Senate candidate calling for Medicaid expansion
Flathead Beacon
U.S. Senate candidate John Bohlinger, Republican lieutenant governor of Montana, is calling on Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to convene a special legislative session to expand Medicaid to another 70,000 residents. Bohlinger said that uninsured Montanans should have the option to access state health clinics for public employees.
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Report: Maryland could save $2 billion through Medicaid expansion
The Associated Press via WJZ-TV
According to a recent report, Maryland's decision to expand its Medicaid program could save the state more than $2 billion. The report said an assessment of the economic impact of the expansion of eligibility to another 146,000 people starting in January found that Maryland could see a net savings of more than $2 billion from 2014 to 2020.
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Webinar Wednesday on Dec 4: 'ACA Update: Coordination Between QHPs and Medicaid Managed Care Plans' by Navigant
MHPA
The key provisions of the Affordable Care Act become effective on Jan. 1, 2014. Two of the significant provisions that will provide affordable coverage for millions of Americans include the Medicaid expansion and the federal subsidies available for individuals purchasing insurance inside the Marketplaces with lower incomes.

This webinar will give an update on progress to date with the ACA rollout and discuss some of the coordination issues that will arise between Qualified Health Plans in the Marketplaces and Medicaid managed care plans.

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Recent webinar presentations from PwC, Lilly, Millennium Labs and others available free on MHPA website
MHPA
View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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