California has huge Medicaid application backlog; Oklahoma keeps special Medicaid program afloat in absence of expansion;

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> The state of California has a huge backlog of applications for its Medicaid program that is approaching 900,000 and has prompted some to put off care, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> Oklahoma has been able to keep its special Medicaid program for low-income adults running for now, despite the state's refusal to expand overall program eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post reported. Article

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> Reducing preventable readmissions is one of the most important aspects of cutting healthcare costs, according to an American Society for Quality survey of health quality improvement experts. Article

> As Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals work toward solutions to delayed care, vulnerable Democrats want to mitigate damage from the revelations surrounding the scandal. Article

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> A massive health data breach is on the horizon, security experts say, that points to lackluster response to growing threats both by the industry and in Congress, according to Politico. Article

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