Published on August 8, 2012 at 7:23 AM
Boston Globe: State Nursing Shortage Worsened In 2011, Report Says
A nursing shortage appears to be on the rise in Massachusetts, according to the latest workforce report from the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the regional chapter of the Organization of Nurse Leaders (Conaboy, 8/6).
California Healthline: Appropriations Committee OKs Oral Chemo Bill
The Senate Committee on Appropriations yesterday approved AB 1000 by Henry Perea (D-Fresno), which requires insurers to cover oral chemotherapy medication. ... The oral chemotherapy bill, after being approved on a 4-1 vote in committee, now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. The biggest question about AB 1000 has not come directly from insurance companies, but from the state's Department of Finance, which has been concerned about the potential cost to California if oral chemotherapy is not included in the essential health benefits package, a concept that is a central underpinning of the health benefit exchange (Gorn, 8/7).
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