Utah proposes private initiative for low-income residents; NC moves to overhaul Medicaid program;

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> Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wants to use federal money to buy private coverage for the state's population that would be eligible under Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would have to grant a waiver to move forward. Article

> North Carolina officials have put forth their proposals for overhauling the state's Medicaid program, which do not include any plans for large-scale privatization, according to North Carolina Health News. Article

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> Wait times at emergency departments across the country are soaring, as various hospitals report wait times far above the national average. Article

> President Obama's 2015 budget proposal calls for $5 billion to help expand access to primary care. Article

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> Using patient-flow software resulted in dramatically reduced length-of-stay and significant cost savings for Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital in a six-week trial. Article

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