Alabama governor mulls Medicaid expansion; New York CO-OP may owe hospitals $142M;

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> Though the overall rate of smokers in the U.S. has declined significantly from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 16.8 percent as of 2014, smoking rates remain high among those insured by Medicaid only (29.1 percent) and uninsured individuals (27.9 percent), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Report

> Republican Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said his administration is considering expanding the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, the Star Tribune reports. Article

> Health Republic of New York, one of a dozen consumer operated and oriented plans to shut down, owes the state's hospitals at least $142 million, according to a memo from the Greater New York Hospital Association. Memo

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> The question of who pays when something goes wrong in a healthcare setting seems simple enough, but the answer isn't straightforward due to so many variables, according to a report from Kaiser Health News. Article

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