KS delays Medicaid expansion until at least 2015; 800K Californians waiting for Medicaid coverage

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> Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a bill that places the authority to expand the state's Medicaid program solely with the state legislature, which will not meet again until 2015, the Kansas City Star reported. Article

> About 800,000 Californians are eligible for Medicaid benefits under the Affordable Care Act, but are still waiting for their coverage to kick in, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

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> Nurses, in the wake of two recent stabbings at Los Angeles hospitals that left one nurse critically injured, urge hospitals and legislators to put stronger safety measures in place to protect healthcare workers from violent attacks. Article

> A federal judge has ruled that the ProMedica hospital system in Ohio must divest its recent purchase of St. Luke's Hospital. ProMedica said it will appeal the ruling all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary, the Toledo Blade reported. Article

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> The federal government should provide incentives for pharmaceutical companies and device makers to produce products that help cut spending and ensure that the benefits of costlier advances justify their added expense, according to a new Rand Corp. Report. Article

And Finally... Children's hospital adopts no-hitting policy for parents. Article