Medicaid expansion would add $3B to Pennsylvania's economy; 30% premium jump in California could signal national rise;

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> To show its commitment to the community, St. John's Lutheran Hospital in Montana today opened a contest asking the public to submit suggestions for a new name. Announcement

> Ottumwa (Iowa) Regional Health Center is firing 30 workers from a variety of departments to ensure the hospital is using the right number of people to maximize resources, according to the Associated Press. Article

> The last nun to lead a hospital in the Chicago area, Sister Margaret Wright, has resigned as president and CEO of Palos Community Hospital, reported Crain's Chicago Business. Article

> Medicaid expansion would boost economic activity in Pennsylvania by $3 billion, according to a new RAND Corp. study. Announcement

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> A new study shows individual premiums will increase an average of 30 percent in California. The findings have national implications because the state is leading the country in implementing reform provisions, particularly the online insurance marketplace. Article

> Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the state will not expand Medicaid unless it can use federal funds to buy private insurance coverage. Article

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