Insure Tennessee plan enjoys wide support; Highmark loses Medicare reimbursement case;

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> Nearly two-thirds of Tennessee residents support the plan of Gov. Bill Haslam (R) to expand Medicaid to roughly 280,000 residents, according to a Vanderbilt University poll. More than three in four also want the full legislature to vote on whether to enact Insure Tennessee. Statement

> Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the Associated Press that Republicans will "rue the day" if the Supreme Court supports their argument that subsidized coverage on is illegal, adding, "It would be really bad news for them." Article

> A Pittsburgh judge ruled that Highmark had no legal basis to cut Medicare reimbursements to 12 Pennsylvania hospitals just because the federal government reduced its payments to the insurer, the Pittsburgh Tribune reported. A hearing next week will determine damages. Article

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> The top medical conditions for overall spending have generally remained static for a decade, although the amount being spent on these ailments has risen substantially, according to data from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Article

> Here's a new way to deal with sky-high hospital bills: Just say no. That's the response recommended by ELAP, a Pennsylvania-based benefits consulting firm that works with employer groups to figure out what they should actually pay hospitals. Article

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