SEIU drops Mass. ballor measure; Arizona high court rules hospitals can keep Medicaid payments;

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> After reaching a deal with healthcare executives, the Service Employees International Union has dropped its push for a Massachusetts ballot proposition, according to The Boston Globe. Article

> The Arizona Supreme Court ruled to allow hospitals in the state to keep payments from Medicaid patients who agreed to use parts of injury settlements to cover medical bills, according to AZ Central. Article

> Buffalo, New York's Kaleida Health announced its intent to affiliate with Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS). Under terms of the proposal, Kaleida Health will become the parent organization of UAHS and its member hospitals, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital, will become part of Kaleida Health while remaining separate legal entities with separate boards of directors.. Announcement

Health Payer News

> Missouri has become the first state to oppose the Aetna-Humana deal, which has gotten a green light from several other state regulators as it continues to undergo a federal review. Article

> Amid reports that Anthem and Cigna leaders have been bickering over merger-related issues, Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish wants to assure investors that the transaction is progressing as planned. Article

And Finally… Well, they WOULD say that. Article