Report ranks healthiest state for seniors; Letters show VA tried to explain secret waiting list;

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> Minnesota is the healthiest state in the country for people 65 and older, beating out Hawaii and New Hampshire, with the lowest prevalence of food insecurity and the highest percentage of able-bodied seniors, according to America's Health Rankings Senior Report. Report

> Letters between Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and a House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) show the VA's early efforts to explain a secret waiting list a Phoenix hospital used to allegedly hide treatment delays, according to the Washington Post's Federal Eye blog. Post

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> Pennsylvania's 173 hospitals reported a slight bump upward in net income, even though operating income was down by a significant margin, according to a report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. Article

> Hospital mergers and acquisitions during the first quarter of 2014 were substantially lower than during the first quarter of 2013, but deal value increased, according to a new report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Article

> Consumers paying off medical debt could be better off if credit bureaus treated it differently than the other bills they service, the Washington Post reported. Article

And Finally… Grain brain. Article