Fidelis Care to expand Medicare Advantage coverage; St. Louis health insurance brokers gearing up for SHOP launch;

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> New York-based Fidelis Care announced it plans to expand its Medicare Advantage coverage into nine new counties in the state. The health plan has more than 1.1 million members. Article

> Last week, St. Louis health insurance brokers and counselors attended a session to learn about the online features of the Small Business Health Options Program before it launches this month, reports St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Article

> As the countdown to the next open enrollment period continues, critics remain concerned over the online exchanges, reports Fox News. Two main areas of concern: Consumers' costs and their choices. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is more than justified in carefully reviewing Medicare and Medicaid payment policies. The question is whether cutting reimbursements is the best way to go about controlling these costs. Column

> Stanford University School of Medicine will host ULTRAfest Oct 18. The full day of free ultrasound instruction is open to any medical student in the county. Last year more than 300 students participated in the event. Brief

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> State legislatures are working to reduce a prevalent problem in the healthcare sector: violence against workers. Article

And finally … At least it wasn't set in stone. Oh, wait ... Article