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States face bleak economic forecast
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States are caught in a fiscal vise as weak economic growth, dwindling federal help and increasing appeals from hard-pressed local governments squeeze their budgets. More

Health groups back Tavenner for top post at CMS
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Stakeholders are formally registering their support for Marilyn Tavenner's nomination to lead the federal Medicare agency More

Mandatory budget cuts after supercommittee failure will trigger pain for some
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In official Washington-speak, the process is known as sequestration. But the mandatory reductions of $1.2 trillion in spending — also known as the trigger — are very real and are on track to slash many government programs. More

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Obama administration rejects Republican states' health law waiver requests
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The Obama administration rejected two states' requests for waivers from the healthcare reform law. The decision could rekindle the controversy over the waiver process, as the two states that were turned down, Indiana and Louisiana, have Republican governors. More

Groups push generics for savings in Medicaid
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A group of pharmacists, generic drug makers and consumer interest organizations are trying to build support for a bill that offers states financial incentives to use generic drugs under Medicaid instead of brand-name drugs, which supporters say will save both states and the federal government money. More

Georgetown study finds despite bad economy 14 percent more kids have health insurance: Hispanic and Native American kids lag behind in coverage
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The vast majority of states managed to reduce the number of children going without health insurance during these tough economic times, according to a new report by Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families. More

Arizona proposal would restore healthcare to 19,000 children
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Arizona governor Jan Brewer and state hospital executives unveiled a proposal to temporarily restore healthcare coverage to tens of thousands of Arizona children. More

Arizona Medicaid cut approved by federal government
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Federal health officials have approved an additional 5 percent reduction in the rates hospitals and other health-care providers are reimbursed for Medicaid patients, part of Arizona governor Jan Brewer's budget-balancing package. More

Chartered Health Plans launches strategic partnership to provide personalized assistance to persons that are HIV-positive
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Chartered Health Plan is the first managed care organization to participate in the Washington AIDS Partnership's Positive Pathways initiative. This new initiative in the District of Columbia assists HIV-positive African Americans living in Wards 5-8 to participate in HIV medical care and supportive safety net services, with a particular focus on women and their partners. More

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MHPA job opportunity — State Affairs Manager
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Location: Medicaid Health Plans of America, Washington, D.C.
Target Start Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Application Deadline: Dec. 2, 2011

National Medicaid Managed Care trade association seeks State Affairs Manager to assist in state tracking and advocacy in Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care. For more details and to apply, click here.

Webinar: Medicaid funded long term care supports and services
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Wednesday, Dec. 7
2:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Presented by Sellers Dorsey
During the Medicaid Long Term Supports and Services webinar Maureen Long of Sellers Dorsey will address covered services, eligibility requirements, connection to dual eligibility for Medicare, transition from institutional to community based services as well as current initiatives to manage LTSS. Finally, issues for Medicaid Health Plans to consider when planning to provide LTSS will be highlighted.

To register for this free webinar, click here.

Webinar: Understanding Health Literacy
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Thursday, Jan. 12
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST
Presented by Health Literacy Innovations
Few consumers understand their healthcare — medication inserts, prescription labels, discharge instructions, informed consent forms, and health web sites — and as a result cannot make informed decisions. Roughly one-third of all U.S. adults have "low health literacy" and lack the ability to read, understand or follow health care instructions, which results in confusion, mistakes, poor health outcomes and increased costs from to unnecessary hospitalization, ER, and doctor visits. To learn more and register, click here.

3rd Annual Medicaid Innovations Forum
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Feb. 8-9, 2012 For more information click here.

The Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Disparities Leadership Program
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This year-long executive education program is designed for leaders from hospitals, health plans and other health care organizations who wish to implement practical strategies to identify and address racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, particularly through quality improvement. More

MHPA's 2011 Annual Meeting Presentations now available for download
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View or download select presentations from MHPA's 2011 Annual Meeting held last week in Washington, D.C. More

MHPA's new November Keeping You Healthy video: Start Smart for Your Baby by Centene Corporation
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View MHPA's Center for Best Practices new Keeping You Healthy video click here.

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