Calif. seeks more insurance mandates; Insurers cry foul

> Senate Bill 220 in the California Legislature would require the state's health insurers to pay for any smoking cessation medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, reports the Sacramento Bee. Article

> Health insurers aren't really excited about the graphics on the federal government's Health Reform website, charging that a picture of a cash-stuffed briefcase emblazoned with the words "Stopping Overpayments to Big Insurance Companies" is political propaganda, reports National Public Radio. Article

>  University Health Care Inc. (aka Passport Health Plan) has reached a deal with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to continue to provide Medicaid coverage to about 160,000 people in 16 counties during fiscal year 2011, reports Business First of Louisville. Article

And Finally ... Water, not bullets ... I like it. Article