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Medicaid expansion faces major logistical
challenges among the homeless

The New York Times
In a back room at the Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph, one of the largest homeless shelters in Chicago, a social worker named Sheena Ward guided Terry Cannon through a Medicaid application. Today, most state Medicaid programs cover only disabled adults or those with dependents, so Cannon and millions of other deeply impoverished Americans are left without access to the program. But starting Jan. 1, President Barack Obama's healthcare law will expand Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes under 138 percent of the federal poverty line, and enrollment is expected to increase by about 9 million next year.
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Analysis of huge data sets will reshape healthcare
USA Today
Insurers will soon reassess how they predict costs; patients will let doctors know what medications won't work with their particular genomes; and researchers will look at hospital records in real time to determine the cheapest, most effective ways to treat patients — all because of developments in what is known as big data.
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ACA's Medicaid enrollment fairly smooth
MedPage Today
In a time where not much seems to be going as planned in the Affordable Care Act's rollout, it's no surprise that Medicaid enrollment is going as expected, and signups outnumber those for private coverage by nearly 4 to 1, experts said.
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Illinois Medicaid applications adding up
Chicago Sun-Times
Although many middle-class Illinoisans have struggled to sign up for health insurance on the troubled federal HealthCare.gov site, low-income people in Illinois have had an easier time and are enrolling by the thousands. In Illinois, just 1,370 individuals selected an insurance plan in October through HealthCare.gov, which was created by President Barack Obama's healthcare law. But the other part of the Affordable Care Act that kicked in Oct. 1 — expanding Medicaid — shows better turnout.
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New Jersey Medicaid applications up 35 percent since Obamacare
exchange opened

The Star-Ledger
The opening of the Obamacare health exchange last month in New Jersey drove a 35 percent surge in new applications for Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income people, the state Department of Human Services confirmed.
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Pennsylvania voting race seeing more discussion on Medicaid, minimum wage
The Associated Press via WPXI-TV
Democrats vying for nomination to run for governor are positioning themselves to run on several issues. Among those are expanding Medicaid and increasing the minimum wage.
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In rural Kentucky, healthcare debate takes back seat as the
long-uninsured line up

The Washington Post
On the campaign trail, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was still blasting the new healthcare law as unsalvageable. At the White House, President Barack Obama was still apologizing for the botched federal website. But in a state where the rollout has gone smoothly, and in a county that is one of the poorest and unhealthiest in the country, Courtney Lively has been busy signing people up.
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Wisconsin to delay changes to income rules along with Medicaid switch
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's administration is delaying putting in place a new system to help determine who receives state BadgerCare Plus healthcare for the needy. The move, state officials said, is tied to the Republican governor's response to the troubled rollout of the federal health law.
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Fewer Minnesota children found to be uninsured
Star Tribune
The number of uninsured children in Minnesota dropped by 16,000 between 2010 and 2012, according to a new national analysis — exactly the number that officials predicted when Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators expanded access to the state's MinnesotaCare program last July.
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Molina Healthcare poised for healthy growth
Los Angeles Times
Molina Healthcare Inc. of Long Beach, Calif., was looking after the medical needs of low-income people long before Obamacare debuted. Molina Healthcare began 33 years ago after emergency room physician C. David Molina had seen too many poor people with easily treatable and preventable illnesses. He opened three small clinics in Long Beach to serve them.
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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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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 healthcare law, but contextualizing it has been difficult — if not downright confusing. Here is an easy-to-read table documenting how Obamacare has fared in each state.

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Report: Healthcare spending growing at slowest pace on record
The Hill
The 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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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
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View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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