Hospitals educate employees on LGBT health issues; Half of Americans have personal tie to Medicaid;

> The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and more than 80 of its member hospitals have settled a class action lawsuit alleging the hospitals fixed the pay of nurses hired through temporary per diem or traveling nurse agencies for $22.5 million, reports the Daily Miner. Article

> A jury has awarded a Connecticut couple $58.6 million, marking the state's highest single-incident medical malpractice award, reports the Hartford Courant. The case involved an obstetrician accused of waiting too long to perform a C-section and a boy who was permanently brain-damaged. Article

> Public hospitals in New York City are launching mandatory training programs to improve providers' knowledge about the health needs of LGBT patients, reports the New York Times. Article

> More than half of American--51 percent--are tied to Medicaid, according to Kaiser's latest health tracking poll, reports the Wall Street Journal Health blog. They either receive benefits themselves or have a friend or family member who does so. Blog Post

> Nearly one in five young adults may have high blood pressure, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their findings suggest that hypertension--a condition that leads to chronic illness, premature ,and costly medical care--is more widespread than previously thought, reports Reuters. Article

And Finally... Two-wheeled paramedics to the rescue. Article