ALSO NOTED: Connecticut boosts hospital fund; HMO premiums to jump in '08; and much more...

> Connecticut approved a plan that should almost triple the state's Hospital Hardship Fund for 2008. The new fund should include $30 million, up from $11 million for fiscal 2007. Article

> HMOs could boost monthly premiums 14.1 percent in 2008, the biggest rate increase in four years. Article

> New York's physicians can't be happy. The state Insurance Department has approved a 14 percent medical malpractice rate hike. Article

> Tennessee has applied for a CMS grant in an effort to cut infant mortality rates. Article

> Minnesota will soon require providers and insurers to file claims electronically. FierceHealthIT

And Finally... It's a good thing alligators like bologna, or things could have gotten ugly. Article

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