Judge OKs contraceptive coverage exemption for nonreligious employers; Colorado cuts uninsured rate in half;

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> Companies such as the nonprofit, nonreligious anti-abortion group March for Life can apply for an exemption to the mandate that all employers provide contraceptive coverage for their employees, a federal judge ruled Monday. Ruling

> While a look at the headlines may indicate that healthcare merger and acquisition activity is taking place at a fever pitch, a look at the data paints a different picture, Forbes explains. Post

> The uninsured rate in Colorado dropped dramatically from 2013 to 2015, from 14.3 percent to 6.7 percent, according to the latest Colorado Health Institute survey. Report (.pdf)

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> Faced with rapidly rising costs for their healthcare, automotive workers may form a special cooperative to negotiate with providers directly for services, Crain's Detroit Business has reported. Article

> In a sign that hospitals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are moving closer to an agreement over the controversial two-midnight rule regarding inpatient admissions, the American Hospital Association has praised changes that have been proposed by the agency--but it still wants more time before those changes go into effect. Article

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