Centene data breach affects 148K in Georgia; Many young people sign up for plans through Covered California

> Georgia officials have announced that the data breach at health insurer Centene has affected 148,334 state residents on Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids, the Tifton Gazette reports. Article

> Two Pittsburgh health giants are battling it out over estimates of reserve funds. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center claims in a letter to the state insurance department that Highmark has nearly 50 percent less money set aside than it indicated in its regulatory filings, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Article

> Of the more than 425,000 people who signed up for a health plan through Covered California by Sunday's open enrollment deadline, 37 percent were between 18 to 34 years old, said Peter Lee, executive director of the state's health insurance exchange, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. This statistic shows, officials say, that social media campaigns and word of mouth appear to be working in an effort to reach young people. Article

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> Hospitals and healthcare providers are focused on cutting costs--to the point that it is driving mergers and acquisitionsin the tech sector, according to Bloomberg BNA. Article

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> If the stigma surrounding addiction is one of the biggest obstacles to addressing it, the medical lexicon surrounding substance use disorders must also shift away from terminology that connotes blame and shame, according to an article from The Boston Globe. Article

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