VA lawmakers divided over ACA expansion; Texas docs frustrated over eligibility issues;

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> Virginia's lawmakers remain at an impasse over whether to expand the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, with budget negotiations suggesting that Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on the issue, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. Article

> Physicians in Texas expressed frustration over the time they must spend trying to determine eligibility for new ACA-related health plan enrollees, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

> The Indiana Hospital Association recently launched a statewide campaign to convince Hoosiers of the need to expand insurance coverage as part of the ACA, AHA News Now reports. Article

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> The number of emergency departments dedicated to caring for older adults will likely grow over the next 18 months in order to provide better healthcare, address population health and reduce costs, experts told AMN Healthcare. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Meaningful Use Stage 2 will go on as planned with no further extensions, but Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced that the agency would be more flexible about providing hardship exemptions for providers and vendors truly struggling to meet the incentive program's requirements. Article

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