Anthem names Joseph Swedish chairman of board; Study touts economic benefits of Kansas Medicaid expansion;

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> Anthem's board of directors elected President and CEO Joseph Swedish to the additional role of chairman of the board, succeeding George A. Schaefer Jr., who will continue as the board's independent lead director. Announcement

> A newly released study commissioned by six Kansas health foundations lays out the economic benefits of Medicaid expansion in Kansas, but the state's Republican leaders question its credibility since one of the co-authors previously directed the Center for Medicaid and State Operations under former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Associated Press reported. Article

> The tax extenders deal currently being negotiated by Congress--which includes a two-year delay of the Cadillac tax--could critically undermine the Affordable Care Act's cost-control efforts, according to a blog post on Real Clear Policy. Post

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