How Medicaid expansion would affect American Indian and Alaska Native populations; More Americans able to obtain health insurance

> A new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation discusses the potential impact of the Medicaid expansion on the American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Brief

> Humana has given seven of its senior executives $27 million worth of stock for longevity and performance in prior years, with CEO Bruce Broussard receiving approximately $12.2 million, according to Insider Louisville. Article

> Since 2010, the percentage of Americans who can't get health coverage has dropped by nearly 20 million, and the share of people 18 to 65 years old with a private health plan climbed to 70 percent, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey. Data (.pdf)

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> Some rural hospitals are being forced to close their labor and delivery units as they cut costs in order to stay afloat.  As a result, pregnant women in some areas of the country may have to travel many miles from home to have their babies and to receive prenatal care. Article

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> Population health and patient engagement continue to be the biggest drivers for hospital IT purchasing plans, and data security also is a high priority for provider organizations in 2016 despite ranking near the bottom of health IT leaders' wish lists for 2015. Article

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