What are the 10 Medicaid
trends to watch in 2015?

Medicaid is the single largest payer for healthcare services in every state. With nearly 10 million people enrolling in 2014 alone, total enrollment nationally tops 68 million, or one in five Americans.

The largest increases in Medicaid enrollment have been in states that expanded their programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In fact, take-up rates in expansion states far exceeded projections. But states that did not expand likewise saw an uptick in Medicaid, as the publicity surrounding new coverage options and tax credits caused many previously eligible people to enroll. Increased Medicaid enrollment, particularly in expansion states, combined with new federal dollars available through State Innovation Model grants and Section 1115 Delivery System Reform Payment Programs, is fueling unprecedented Medicaid transformation efforts in the states. Indeed, it is hard to find a state that is not intent on becoming a smarter purchaser of services for its beneficiaries.

The growth in Medicaid is also reducing the uncompensated care costs of hospitals, providing millions of new enrollees for Medicaid managed care companies, and generating new customers for pharmaceutical manufacturers. Finally, and crucially, Medicaid’s growth nationwide is driving down uninsurance rates, connecting millions of Americans to health insurance and healthcare (many for the first time), and providing a solid foundation on which states can begin to tackle the thorny tasks of improving healthcare quality and access while containing costs.

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Who has Wall Street cred,
D.C. clout, and Hollywood roots?

From our roots in banking, entertainment, and government, our clients are from industries as diverse as healthcare, financial services, real estate, energy and advertising. 

Manatt has more than 400 attorneys and professionals, serving our clients from eight offices nationwide. While our size and scope have changed since our founding in 1965, our philosophy of client service has not. We are dedicated to solving complex problems and crafting innovative strategies for clients of all sizes across the country and abroad. Whether you are a startup, a middle-market player competing for industry share, or a public company at the top of the Fortune 500, we share your priorities and will treat your goals, deadlines, and investments as if they are our own.

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Which firm wins awards for protecting big brands?

Manatt was named Law Firm of the Year for Advertising Law by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers for good reason. Our Advertising lawyers defend the world’s most iconic brands and leading consumer products and services companies. Through every milestone of the marketing life cycle, we help clients establish and protect rock-solid, competitive, proprietary campaigns and product positioning platforms.

Manatt’s win in the U.S. News Advertising category follows the firm’s 2013 win for Entertainment and Media. In addition to achieving the highest national ranking in the Advertising category, Manatt received top-tier metropolitan rankings in New York City and Washington, D.C. The practice is also nationally recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500.

Manatt’s Advertising practice includes a group of highly experienced and successful New York-based Advertising lawyers, a comprehensive West Coast entertainment and media team, and Advertising litigation and regulatory authorities in Washington, D.C. Our client roster includes leading brands in all industry segments.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys and review of law firm submissions.

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Which firm is in excellent health according to Chambers?

Manatt’s national Healthcare practice has won the Chambers USA 2014 Award for Excellence for the Healthcare category. The award shines a spotlight on the firm and individuals who have excelled above all others in the U.S. legal market over the past year.

The award is based on research conducted by Chambers & Partners for the 2014 edition of its publication Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. It also reflects a law firm’s preeminence in key practice areas and notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Of Manatt’s Healthcare practice, Chambers says, “Manatt’s heavyweight healthcare group offers coast-to-coast strength, attracting market-leading providers and insurance companies. Recent work includes representation of Continuum Health Partners in the formation of the new Mount Sinai Health System, one of New York’s largest private health systems. The team operates at the forefront of health reform implementation and is sought after by states across the nation to advise on eligibility and enrollment in insurance products and payment and delivery reform.”

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Which law firm is instrumental to the music industry?

Named Law Firm of the Year for Entertainment Law – Music by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, Manatt music lawyers represent rock, metal, alternative, urban and country music stars, as well as recording icons and emerging artists, in a range of legal matters, from everyday advice to high stakes negotiations and cases.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys and review of additional information provided by law firms. For the third year, only one law firm in each of 87 practice areas received the 2014 “Law Firm of the Year” designation.

In addition to this honor, Manatt received the highest national ranking and top-tier metropolitan rankings in the Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. markets in the area of Music Law. 

Our lawyers also provide sophisticated counsel on a range of matters to other major participants in the business, including songwriters, recording companies and independent record labels, music publishers, producers and concert promoters.

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What does it take to be one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women?

For the seventh year, Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers has named us one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women for 2014. To be a recognized firm, it takes an unwavering commitment to diversity through forward-thinking programs and progressive policies that empower lawyers.

Through a rigorous annual survey, Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers look for a demonstrated commitment to women’s initiatives; to fostering an inclusive workplace culture; to providing benefits, parental leave, and childcare policies that encourage flexibility; and an institutional emphasis on professional development, mentoring, and community involvement. Selection is based on hard data, including the percentage of female representation in associate and partner ranks, compensation, and a record of female advancement to equity partnership and firm leadership.

Excellence was found in Manatt’s creative flexibility and innovative professional development programs designed to retain women lawyers and advance them into the leadership pipeline. In its profile of the firm in Working Mother magazine, Working Mother points out that Manatt’s "coaches and mentors guide female associates as they develop business here, showing them how to obtain and retain clients. More than 30 networking events provided entree to industry titans in 2013."

Manatt has always been ahead of the curve in addressing these issues. Thanks to the longtime work of the Manatt Women’s Initiative, flextime is embedded in our culture. It is now routine at Manatt for women working flextime schedules to make partner—and to continue their part-time status as a partner.

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers are not alone in appreciating Manatt’s efforts for its women. Our integration of women into the highest leadership positions in the firm has earned us Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s Gold Standard Certification each year it has been presented since 2011. Manatt has also been recognized as one of the top 20 firms in the National Law Journal’s 2012 Female Scorecard.

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Why is a question as important as its answer?

Because the right question inspires the best answer. At Manatt, we believe the talent of knowing what question to ask and when to ask it is critical to helping our clients—whether it’s to take full advantage of their opportunities or to overcome the obstacles that stand between them and their goals.

Framing the right question—the ability to uncover information that prompts the best possible answer—is more than matter-specific. It also is a critical component for developing effective and enduring relationships. And, as the best law firm/client relationships illustrate, the ability to ask meaningful questions begins with effective listening.

How we engage with clients, listen to their objectives and concerns, and render decisive advice is what makes Manatt different from other law firms. Because at the end of the day, what you really want is actionable advice that reflects our awareness of your goals and aspirations, our understanding of what you have at stake, and our commitment to do what it takes to exceed your expectations.

Learn more about the Manatt difference: 

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