N.H. hospital may have exposed patients to brain disease; Lack of Medicaid expansion closes N.C. hospital;

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> Up to eight patients at a hospital in Manchester, N.H. may have been exposed to Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, a rare, fatal brain disorder, as a result of improperly-cleaned surgical equipment, the Boston Globe  reports. However, officials believe the risk to the patients is very low. Article

> A North Carolina community hospital will close its doors due to the state's refusal to expand Medicaid in accordance with healthcare reform, the News & Record reports. Vidant Health System, located in the town of Belhaven, will close within the next six months. Article

> In Ohio, four hospital systems are forming an alliance to reduce costs, improve patient health and better coordinate care, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Article

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> California's online health insurance exchange will offer a price comparison tool. Article

> Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has readmitted two insurers to the state's health insurance exchange after initially rejecting them. Article

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