Blue Shield launches narrow network; Humana donates $200K to Hurricane Sandy relief;

> Blue Shield of California is launching a narrow network plan that is based around Meritage Medical Network and Sonoma County Primary Care. The narrow network helps the insurer offer lower price points to some of it employer groups, reported the North Bay Business Journal. Article

> Medicaid expansion under the reform law won't actually cost states that much money, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In fact, most states will only see their Medicaid costs increase by about 0.3 percent, or $8 billion total, if they expand their Medicaid program, The Hill's Healthwatch reported. Article

> Humana has donated $200,000 to support relief efforts on the East Coast related to Hurricane Sandy. The insurer's foundational arm also said it would match employee donations made through the end of the year to the American Red Cross or Save the Children, reported Business First. Article

And Finally… Let them eat snake, er, fish. Article