Federation of American Hospitals airs concerns over skinny health plans; Alabama governor says he'll veto budget short on Medicaid funds

> Almost half of private psychiatrists don't accept insurance, and more states are cutting funding for mental health services, making it difficult for patients to access mental health services even as the Affordable Care Act has broadened healthcare access across the board, Vox reports. Article

> The Federation of American Hospitals has joined the American Hospital Association in calling for the Obama administration to address concerns about employer-sponsored health plans that don't cover outpatient services. Letter

> Republican Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to veto a budget expected to be approved by state lawmakers this week because it is $85 million short of the amount he has said is needed to fund the state's Medicaid program, AL.com reports. Article

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> When hospitals merge, no matter their geographic location, higher prices almost always result, according to a study of cross-market hospital mergers across the United States. Article

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> The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights on Monday initiated the second phase of its HIPAA Audit Program. Article

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