President Obama's budget proposal won't cut Medicaid; Aetna sues freestanding ERs over facility fees;

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> President Barack Obama's budget proposal to be released Wednesday will not include Medicaid cuts, the Associated Press reported. Article

> The Federal Bureau of Investigation and National White Collar Crime Center are investigating an extortion scheme that involves telephone systems operated by public-sector entities, including some hospitals, according to AHA News Now. News Brief

> Maine Medical Center has sued the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, claiming the agency owes the hospital nearly $3 million in unpaid Medicare and MaineCare claims from a decade ago, reported the Bangor Daily News. Article

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> Aetna has sued several freestanding emergency rooms over what it deems high facility fees. Article

> WellPoint's former CEO Angela Braly took home $20 million in 2012 despite her forced resignation in August. Article

And Finally… Traffic jams, courtesy of circus camels. Article