Circumcision rates drop; N.Y. judge rejects Long Island College Hospital's ownership deal;

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> The rate of circumcisions performed on newborn boys in U.S. hospitals dropped by 6 percent over the past three decades, potentially due to discontinued Medicare reimbursements in some states and insurers requiring strong medical reasoning, reported NBC News. Article

> A New York State Supreme Court judge nullified a 2011 transfer of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn to the State University of New York (SUNY) because SUNY wanted to shut down the hospital, breaking the understanding that the hospital would continue to serve the community, according to the New York Times. Article

> The reopening of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles will cost $32 million more than anticipated and may not accept patients until 2015 due to "unforeseen site conditions," reported Los Angeles Times. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said if Texas wants to expand its Medicaid program, then state leaders must reach out to the agency, reported the Associated Press. Article

> Premiums continue to increase, albeit at a slightly slower pace than in past years, and employers haven't dropped coverage, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Article

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