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Health Care Reform Weekly Update - January 21-27, 2016


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January 27, 2016
Curated by Lindsey Thiessen Johnson, Shelly Miller, Amy Sanders, and Janet Wrzesinski; edited by Priya Bathija*

The Health Care Reform Weekly Update pulls articles on cutting-edge issues directly from the Health Care Reform Educational Task Force's Twitter feed.

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Bevin Exempts Medicaid from Spending Cuts but Vows to End Kynect - Gov. Matt Bevin wants to spare the state’s Medicaid program from any immediate cuts and provide pay increases for social workers. He also plans to end within a year Kynect, the health-insurance . . .

Snyder to Seek Aid for Flint Children Exposed to Lead - Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday he will seek permission from the Obama administration to allow all young people in Flint the chance to receive publicly funded health care services for lead exposure . . .

CBO: Federal Spending on Health Programs to Jump 11% - Federal spending on major health care programs will jump by $104 billion, or 11.1 percent, this year, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates published on Monday. Those figures include . . .

CMS is 'Struggling' to Communicate Benefit of ACOs - The White House is looking to bolster Medicare's accountable care programs by promoting ACOs to the 8.9 million beneficiaries who may be covered by the organizations, but may not know it . . .

Low Gas Prices Fuel Hospital Savings - Consumers have rejoiced since gas prices dipped below $2 a gallon. Experts say hospitals are also happy about the low cost of oil, since it means significant savings on fuel for their vehicle . . .

*This week's Health Care Reform Weekly Update was curated by Lindsey Thiessen Johnson (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA), Shelly Miller (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit, MI), Amy E. Sanders (Bass Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville, TN), and Janet Wrzesinski (JW Consulting Services, Bay City, MI); and was edited by Priya Bathija (American Hospital Association, Washington, DC).

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