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First Edition: April 22, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including marketplace news about the Novartis purchase of GlaxoSmithKline's oncology unit for $14.5 billion. [More]

California officials announce enrollee tally, note last-minute surge

Covered California, the state's online health insurance marketplace, signed up 200,000 people for coverage during the two-week deadline extension -- bringing the state's total to 1.4 million. The state's initial goal was about 815,900 for the six-month enrollment period that began Oct. 1, 2013. [More]

Va. Senate sends budget with Medicaid expansion to House

A key Republican leader says, however, that the House will not take up that measure. In Georgia, protesters resume demands for Medicaid expansion, and Sen. Mary Landrieu encourages lawmakers in Louisiana to move forward on the effort there. [More]

First Edition: April 7, 2014

Today's headlines include stories about the next round of health law challenges the Obama administration faces as well as the new Medicare Advantage rates scheduled to be announced today. [More]

Obama administration point to official end -- April 15 -- for enrollment extension

The Wall Street Journal reports that this cut-off will apply to the hundreds of thousands of people who started signing up for insurance on the federal health exchange but got held up during their last-minute shopping. Also in the news, the latest from California and Georgia in terms of deadlines and enrollment efforts. [More]
First Edition: April 3, 2014

First Edition: April 3, 2014

Today's headlines include reports on how Paul Ryan's budget is playing on Capitol Hill as well as news that the Obama administration is releasing a trove of data on physician services and payments. [More]

State roundup: Federal judge lets Ariz. abortion rules stand; Mich. Medicaid expands

News organizations report on health care developments in Arizona, California, Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia. [More]

First Edition: March 31, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations offer assessments of the administration's campaign to get people signed up for health care and a look at the issues going forward after today's deadline for most enrollments. [More]

Arrests in Ga. after Medicaid expansion protests

Several dozen people were arrested Tuesday after protests at the Georgia state capitol targeting Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to not expand Medicaid under the health law. Elsewhere, Medicaid expansion makes news in New Mexico, New Jersey and California. [More]

When it comes to enrollment rates, some states, regions outpace others

The Washington Post notes that the Northeast appears to be doing the best with enrollment, but western states are doing well with implementation. [More]
Study: Trauma center closures associated with higher risk of death in injured patients

Study: Trauma center closures associated with higher risk of death in injured patients

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. [More]

Calif. reports more than 900,000 people have signed up for health plans

But officials note that the number of Latinos and young people enrolling on the state marketplace is still below expectations. Meanwhile, the troubled Maryland exchange is reportedly gearing up to adopt the technology used by Connecticut. [More]

First Edition: March 14, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about which states are doing well with health law enrollment and implementation, and which ones are not. [More]

Injured patients with decreased travel times to trauma center have lower odds of death

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. [More]

No deal on Medicaid expansion in Va. as lawmakers adjourn

In Virginia, lawmakers also failed to pass a budget or make a deal on proposed mental health legislation. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe promised a special session to settle the budget issue. [More]

In some states, Medicaid expansion intersects with immigration issues

News outlets examine how federal and state provisions on health care coverage set out an uneven landscape for low-income Americans, legal immigrants and those who came to the country illegally as children and who were given legal status for two-year periods. [More]
First Edition: February 26, 2014

First Edition: February 26, 2014

Today's headlines include reports that, according to the Obama administration, insurance sign-ups under the health law have hit 4 million. [More]

Legislature news: SEIU, hospitals, Ore. governor cut deal on hospital 'triple aim'

Elsewhere, Kansas lawmakers advance a bill that would exempt the state from the health law and some California lawmakers work to restore Medi-Cal cuts. [More]

For Virginia's Medicaid expansion plan, the House votes no but the Senate votes yes

The votes will likely set up a conference committee showdown related to the state's two-year budget plan. Meanwhile, news outlets also report on developments from Arkansas, Mississippi and California. [More]
First Edition: February 21, 2014

First Edition: February 21, 2014

Today's headlines include reports checking the status of different state health exchanges as well as efforts to expand Medicaid. [More]