Insurers say no to medical marijuana; Healthcare spending increase may be short-lived;

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> Insurers don't cover the use of medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms, partly due to conflicting laws, according to the Associated Press. Article

> As part of its business-to-consumer model, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island offers e-billing to appeal to tech-savvy policyholders, Insurance & Technology reported. Article

> During Sylvia Mathews Burwell's confirmation hearing, the nominee for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary said she'd advocate to continue the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expires in October 2015, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

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> Healthcare spending, which was mostly in check, hovering close to the general inflation rate in recent years, may be on the rise again--or not. Article

> Hospital-acquired and owned oncology practices contribute to the ever-rising costs for cancer drugs, according to a new report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Article

And Finally... Time to perfect your fake laugh. Article