Covered California extends deadline; WellCare names new CEO;

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> Californians who made a "good faith effort" to start the process of receiving Affordable Care Act insurance coverage have until Dec. 21 to finish the process, the Los Angeles Times reported. The six-day extension will give more applicants a chance to talk to insurance agents and enrollment counselors. Article

> WellCare Health Plans has named Kenneth A. Burdick its new CEO, MarketWatch reported. Burdick, the former COO, replaces interim CEO David J. Gallitano, who in turn had replaced Alec Cunningham following his November 2013 dismissal over "differing perspectives." Article

> The months-long dispute between Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center took a new turn this weekend, with UPMC suddenly saying Highmark customers are welcome there. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wonders what took UPMC so long. Editorial

Healthcare Policy News

> The Senate has confirmed Vivek Murthy, M.D., President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. surgeon general, after a long delay on a vote. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Patients are becoming more willing to share their health information publicly, but there is one caveat: It has to be for a good reason. Article

And finally … Apparently a squeegee can be used as a weapon. Article