HealthNow New York rebounds from Medicare Advantage losses; North Carolina Medicaid program $181M under budget

> HealthNow New York, the parent company of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, reported a net income of $63.8 million for 2015, one year after suffering significant losses in its Medicare Advantage program that had muted its earnings, The Buffalo News reports. Article

> The Hill outlines four major components of Republic presidential candidate Donald Trump's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with "something terrific." Article

> The North Carolina state department is telling lawmakers that the state's Medicaid program will be $181 million under budget as of December, continuing its trend of meeting its budget or coming under thanks to Gov. Pat McCrory's effort to turn around a program known for its cost overruns, radio station WFAE 90.7  reports. Article

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> Hospitals in states that have refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are taking a financial hit, according to RevCycle Intelligence. Article

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> Health and Human Services Department Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell discussed the agency's latest data sharing effort while also revealing information on a forthcoming cybersecurity task force during Monday's opening keynote session at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Las Vegas. Article

And finally… That's one wild turkey. Article