Connecticut to sell exchange technology to other states; California bill would apply MLR to dental plans;

News From Around the Web:

> Connecticut plans on licensing or franchising technology for its state-run health insurance exchange to help other states set up and operate online marketplaces. Connecticut's "exchange in a box" would include a package of basic services, with an option to buy more, reported the New York Times. Article

> A new bill in California would apply medical-loss ratios to dental insurance, requiring dental health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of their premiums on care, reported California Healthline. Article

> Of the 169,000 consumers who bought a health plan through eHealth's private health insurance exchange, 40 percent were young adults, the company said in a fourth-quarter earnings statement, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

Health Provider News:

> Some doctors are seeking simpler, lower-risk diagnostic techniques than high-tech imaging to help lower costs and improve patient safety. Article

> Two Pennsylvania hospitals now provide social and emotional care to patients to foster a more complete healing process, especially for pediatric patients. Article

Health IT News:

> Nearly 50 of the nation's most influential provider organizations want a front-end extension to Meaningful Use Stage 2. Article

> Health information technology executives will likely be focusing on how to manage the exponential propagation of data in the next two years. Article

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