State highlights: New Va. governor-elect pledges to expand Medicaid; Wis. employers see 7% health plan cost increase; Miami voters approve $830M for health system

Published on November 7, 2013 at 6:46 AM · No Comments

A selection of health policy stories from Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida, California and Colorado.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: McAuliffe Elected Governor, Defeats Cuccinelli After Pledging To Expand State's Medicaid Rolls
In his emotional concession speech, Cuccinelli also noted the lopsided spending and vowed he would not give up on his fight against Democrats' national health care law. … From the outset, the campaign shaped up as a barometer of voters' moods and a test of whether a swing-voting state like Virginia would elect a tea party-style governor. Republicans bet a deeply conservative candidate would be their best shot at holding onto the governor's office, passing over a lieutenant governor for Cuccinelli, a crusader against the federal health care law (11/6).

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Health Plan Cost Increases Below 7% For Large Area Employers
Employers and employees in the Milwaukee area overall saw larger increases in the cost of health benefits this year than in 2012, with the smallest employers seeing the sharpest increases, according to an annual survey done by HCTrends. The online survey, in which more than 200 employers participated, found that health plan costs increased on average by 8 percent to 10 percent this year compared with an average increases of 5 percent to 7 percent last year (Boulton, 11/5). 

Miami Herald: Miami-Dade Voters Approve $830 Million For Jackson Health System
Four months of campaign messages about the long-deferred needs of Jackson Health System and the urgency for the aging public hospital system to more effectively compete against South Florida's private and not-for-profit hospitals paid off Tuesday (Chang,11/5).

The California Health Report: Doctors To Check For Domestic Abuse During Regular Exams
Studies show that the majority of Californians -- as many as two-thirds -- don't know where to turn for help if they, or someone they care about, is a victim of domestic violence. Meanwhile, research shows that 44 percent of adult women suffer domestic abuse at some point in their lives, according to figures from Kaiser Permanente. But a new provision of the Affordable Care Act could change those estimates, and soon. As of Jan. 1, health care providers will begin screening all women during regular checkups for signs of domestic abuse (Bookwalter, 11/6).

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