Former CBO chief clears air on subsidies; Kansas Medicaid expansion may be linked to earned income tax credit;

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> Doug Elmendorf, who headed the Congressional Budget Office when the Affordable Care Act was passed into law, said it was common knowledge at the time that premium subsidies were available to all states, The Hill reported. Article

> In Kansas, Medicaid expansion may hinge on the elimination of the earned income tax credit, according to the Kansas Health Institute. Article

> A special Medicaid waiver in Texas is set to expire soon, putting some safety-net providers on edge regarding funding in the future, The Texas Tribune reports. Article

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> Amid an already crowded--and sometimes controversial--field of hospital rankings, U.S. News & World Report has added a new form of evaluation that rates hospitals based on how well they handle five common medical conditions and procedures. Article

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> CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield on Wednesday announced that it was the target of a cyberattack that compromised information of about 1.1 million current and former consumers, as well as individuals who conducted business with the company online. The attack was discovered last month during information technology security efforts conducted in the wake of other recent high-profile cyberattacks on fellow payers Anthem and Premera discovered earlier this year. Article

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