Florida approves Aetna-Humana merger; Michigan looks to expand Medicaid for some Flint residents

> The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved Aetna's acquisition of Humana's Florida-based affiliates. The state's economic review of the proposal found that it would not cause any significant reduction in market competition, but it did find that it would cause some "increase in the degree of concentration that would be viewed as meaningful in markets and regions." Announcement

> Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage to people younger than 21 and pregnant women who have been exposed to Flint's lead-contaminated water, according to the Associated Press. Article

> The Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation hospitals announced their annual and fourth quarter 2015 financial results last week. Operating income was $1.8 billion, which was equal to 2.9 percent of operating revenue, compared to $2.2 billion in 2014, equal to 3.9 percent of operating revenue. Additionally, membership grew by nearly 650,000 to a total of 10.2 million Americans. Announcement

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> A new study by an advocacy group for safety-net hospitals say that participants in the 340B drug discount program spend less per patient under Medicare Part B for drugs than hospitals outside of 340B, while still caring for a population of sicker patients. Article

> A hospital in Iowa has been able to rebate property taxes to residents in its service area thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Article

And finally… You can run, but you can't hide. Article