Ill. bill would boost community health workers; Fourth rural Ga. hospital closes;

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> A bill in the New Mexico state legislature would ban rural hospitals from collecting unpaid bills from patients making under 200 percent of the federal poverty level, according to Albuquerque Business First. Article

> Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southeast Georgia closed due to financial woes, the fourth rural hospital in the state to do so in two years, according to MSNBC. Article

> A proposed Illinois bill would create a training and certification process for community health workers, according to the Chicago Business Journal. Article

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> A troubled New Jersey hospital is rejecting its current payer contracts and engaging in balance billing patients, sometimes for tens of thousands of dollars, according to the Bergen County Record. Article

> Could the Affordable Care Act help to reduce personal bankruptcies? That's the gist of research performed by economists at the Federal Reserve of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. Article

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