Physician shortage approaching 4,000 in Kentucky; WellPoint CEO consolidates business to improve execution, accountability;

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> Kentucky needs 3,790 more doctors to meet current demand for care, a gap that will widen when more residents get coverage through Medicaid expansion, The Courier Journal reported. Article

> House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) this week said illegal immigrants who gain a pathway to citizenship under immigration reform will have no access to subsidies in the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid, The Hill's Healthwatch reported. Article

> Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York has laid off at least 40 employees over the past two days to reduce expenses and eliminate overlapping services, reported The Buffalo News. Article

> Virginia is the sixth state to partner with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to test a new capitated payment and integrated care model for patients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced this week. Announcement

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> After only two months on the job, WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish is shaking up the company's management, consolidating its business into two primary units. The reorganization comes a few days after three WellPoint board members resigned, citing personal reasons. Article

> Insurers that want to sell health plans through Oregon's health insurance exchange have surprised industry experts with lower-than-expected premium rates. Article

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