VA whistleblower says he was fired over cost concerns; More than a dozen states consider 'death with dignity' bills;

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> A whistleblower claims the Department of Veterans Affairs fired him for bringing cost overruns at Denver's VA facility to light, according to Stars & Stripes. Article

> The District Columbia and several states will consider legislation this year to allow mentally fit, terminally ill adults with no longer than six months to live to medically end their lives, USA Today reports. Article

> Today marks the seventh National Healthcare Decisions Day, according to Article

Health IT News

> Former President George W. Bush told attendees at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago on Wednesday that the role of technology is the reason he's optimistic about the future of healthcare in the United States. Article

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> While asthma is a common medical condition among members, many insurers are reluctant to cover bronchial thermoplasty, a $20,000 non-drug treatment. Article

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