Texas lawmakers adamant against expanding Medicaid; Eczema drives up healthcare costs;

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> In Texas, lawmakers and public policy officials have acknowledged that there is no more discussions planned to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, the Texas Tribune reported. Article

> Individuals with a relatively minor skin condition such as eczema have considerably higher healthcare costs, and paid an additional $29.3 billion out of pocket in 2012, HealthDay News reported. Article

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> The controversy surrounding medical devices blamed for spreading drug-resistant superbug Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) shows no sign of slowing down, as the outbreak now has spread to two more hospitals amid news that some of the devices were sold without federal approval. Article

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> The oral arguments on King v. Burwell have come and gone, leaving the industry--and the rest of the country--to wonder what the Supreme Court will decide come June. FierceHealthPayer attended the 84-minute argument and rounded up key takeaways and industry reactions to sum up the session. Article

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> While the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has made some progress in disseminating comparative effectiveness research as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, it needs to do more, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Article

And finally...Toilet converts urine to electricity. Article

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