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Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low income
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Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. More

Administration ties Medicaid managed care expansion to performance
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The managed care industry's growing role in Medicaid got a boost when the Obama administration approved Texas' plan to shift one million additional recipients into private health plans by 2013. More

How to protect seniors during duals conversion?
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A stakeholder meeting to help plan the duals conversion pilots was partially notable for what it was not. It was not rancorous, it was not loud and the discussion went relatively smoothly for the Department of Health Care Services, compared with last week's grilling of DHCS over the smaller conversion of SPDs to managed care. More

Bill would extend prompt Medicaid payment to hospitals
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U.S. Reps. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif. and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. have introduced the Fair Pay to Medicaid Providers Act, which would require Medicaid to reimburse all providers — including hospitals, community health centers and nursing facilities — in a timely manner, according to a news release from the office of Anna Eshoo. More

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State Medicaid spending soars
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Total Medicaid spending, excluding administrative costs, likely reached $398.6 billion in fiscal 2011, which ended in June for most states. That was up 10.1 percent from the year before, when spending rose 6 percent, the National Association of State Budget Officers reported. More

Florida Medicaid waiver coming soon, with patient-protection rules
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This week, federal health officials are expected to give Florida an early Christmas present: an extension on a five-county Medicaid Pilot that requires patients to be enrolled in managed care. More

Oregon health policy board races to draft details for transforming healthcare
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The Oregon Health Policy Board worked on refining details for a plan to carry out health reform designed to save costs, integrate care and win approval from the Legislature in February. More

California governor Jerry Brown unveils revenue update
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California governor Jerry Brown delivered what passes for good news: the automatic budget cuts built into this year's budget as a hedge against a revenue shortfall will not be as bad as many feared. More

Reform panel readies study: New York's Medicaid enrollment grows
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Medicaid enrollment increased by an estimated 101,500 people from April through October, to 4.99 million, and the continued growth is the greatest challenge to staying under the program's spending cap, the New York Medicaid director said. More

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Gingrich moves away from electronic health records
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Newt Gingrich appears to be moving away from his past support for electronic health records now that he's the GOP presidential front-runner. More

Health law's backers launch online 'Obamacare' game
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Supporters of President Obama's healthcare reforms launched an online game to highlight the law’s provisions. More

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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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Next Generation Strategies to Expand Coverage, Improve Quality and Control Costs

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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 in Washington, D.C. More

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