Federal employees' premiums to rise 7.4 percent; Utah makes move to expand coverage to low-income residents;

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> Federal employees' enrollee premiums will rise by an average of 7.4 percent next year, the government announced Tuesday, while overall increases in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will rise an average of 6.4 percent, reports the Washington Post. Article

> Alaska's Superior Court declined to stop a state legislature's lawsuit to block Gov. Bill Walker's (I) Medicaid expansion plan, reports Alaska Dispatch News. The litigation could take up to two years to complete. Article

> Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) and lawmakers met behind closed doors to discuss plans to provide health insurance to nearly 126,000 low-income residents, reports the St. Louis Tribune. The Utah Access Plus proposal would require for providers to cover most of the cost of the expanded coverage. Article

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> Medicare spent more than $30 million during the first half of 2012 on ambulance transports for patients that appear to be ghosts on paper, according to a new report released by the Office of Inspector General Tuesday. Article

>  In June, the Department of Justice announced a 243-person nationwide healthcare fraud bust valued at $712 million, making it the largest fraud takedown in U.S. history. Article

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