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With 2013 coming to a close, MHPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories.

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.


New York signs MOU with CMS for duals demo
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
From Aug. 27: MHPA consultant Jeff Viohl will present a highlights document for a Memorandum of Understanding for the next Dual Eligibles and LTC Workgroup.
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Uninsured populations eliglble for health exchanges and Medicaid by county from 2011 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates by US Census Bureau
U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates program produces timely estimates for all counties and states by detailed demographic and income groups. The SAHIE program produces single-year estimates of health insurance coverage for every county in the U.S. The estimates are model-based and consistent with the American Community Survey.
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Obamacare's 73 percent Medicaid pay raise for doctors is delayed
Forbes
From March 19: A huge pay raise promised under the Affordable Care Act for primary care doctors who treat the nation's poor covered by Medicaid health insurance is nearly three months behind schedule and may take another three months before it kicks in, state Medicaid directors say.
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MHPA President and CEO Johnson steps down
MHPA
From Jan. 31: MHPA announced that President and CEO Thomas L. Johnson will be stepping down after more than eight years of dedicated service. Johnson not only served in the chief executive role, but also was a member of the MHPA Board of Directors for three years before he took the helm at MHPA
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Republicans' firm 'no' on Medicaid expansion shifting toward 'Let's make a deal'
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
From March 26: Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no." Now they are increasingly hedging their objections.
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Aetna acquires Coventry Health Care
Aetna
From May 9: Aetna acquired Coventry Health Care, Inc., on May 7. As a combined company, Aetna is now the third largest healthcare benefits company in America based on membership. Aetna now serves an estimated 22 million medical members in the U.S. and around the world.
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State officials submit first quarterly KanCare report to feds
Kansas Health Institute
From June 11: Kansas officials have made public their first quarterly report to federal authorities on the progress of KanCare, Gov. Sam Brownback's initiative to move virtually all the state's Medicaid enrollees into privately run managed care plans.
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New funding to improve care coordination for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
From June 27: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Administration for Community Living have announced a new funding opportunity designed to enhance CMS' Financial Alignment Initiative, designed to improve coordination of care for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. This funding opportunity will support states in developing independent ombudsman programs, helping beneficiaries in the demonstration have a positive care experience.
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Docs, Dems call for Medicaid expansion
WRAL-TV
tate lawmakers decided against expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina, but they are being asked to reconsider. A group of Democratic leaders and community advocates asked legislative leaders to call a special session to reverse their decision and take the federal government up on the offer of funds.

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Governors' decisions on Medicaid tough because of political opinions
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Partisan politics are making decisions of governors think of whether or not to expand Medicaid in their states, which is affecting billions of dollars and thousands of low-income people.

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Fewer Medicaid, CHIP improper payments in managed care
MHPA
CMS has announced the FY 2013 Medicaid and CHIP improper payment rates in its 2013 HHS Financial Report. Once again, the error rate in Medicaid managed care is lower than in fee-for-service Medicaid

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Virginia to launch 4-year managed care program for dual eligibles
Becker's Hospital Review
From May 23: Virginia has received federal approval for a four-year managed care program for 78,000 dual eligibles that could save the state tens of millions of dollars by 2015, according to a report by The Washington Post.
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    Federal exchange sends unqualified people to Medicaid (USA Today)
North Carolina Medicaid anticipating overhaul proposal changes (The Associated Press via BND.com)
Tennessee governor working with HHS on Medicaid expansion (The Hill)
TMG Health: Innovative technology will deliver success to healthcare payers (PRNewswire via WCIV-TV)
21 percent of those with Medicare or Medicaid have had to put off care due to cost (CBS News)

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Report: North Carolina should fare better than Kentucky on Medicaid reform
Carolina Journal Online
From July 11: Medicaid reform is likely to end up with much better results in North Carolina than in Kentucky. A new joint policy report from the John Locke Foundation and the Florida-based Foundation for Government Accountability explains why.
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