States work toward post-prison healthcare options; HHS launches guide for disaster, emergency preparedness;

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> States are stepping up their efforts to connect former prisoners to healthcare resources upon release, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. Report

> Cigarettes were a factor in nearly half of 346,000 cancer deaths in people 35 or older in 2011, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Study abstract

> The Department of Health and Human Services has issued an online guide for healthcare providers working in disaster and emergency preparedness. Fact sheet

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> Despite millions more Americans having insurance under the Affordable Care Act, many still get hit with surprise bills from their carriers, prompting some states to study the phenomenon more closely and respond with legislation. Article

> Aligning the work and interests of state agencies with private payers and employer groups is critical for shaping the future healthcare financial landscape, according to a Health Affairs blog post by Suzanne Delbanco, executive director of the Catalyst for Payment Reform. Article

And Finally… Portsmouth High grads shake it off. Article