Judge rules Iowa can move ahead with Medicaid privatization; Oscar will enter Dallas market;

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> Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and Meritus will discontinue selling preferred-provider plans to Arizonans shopping on the federal health insurance marketplace, the Arizona Republic reports. Article

> A judge in Iowa has ruled that the state can move ahead with its plan to privatize its Medicaid program, denying Aetna Better Health of Iowa's petition for an injunction that would stop the state from signing contracts with four companies picked to manage the program, the Des Moines Register reports. Article

> Health insurance startup Oscar plans to enter the Dallas, Texas, market, offering coverage both on and off the federal exchange during open enrollment next month, according to the Dallas Morning News' Biz Beat Blog. Post

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> In an effort to provide low-income patients with access to expensive medications, a nonprofit organization redistributes unused, unexpired medicine to facilities that serve the patient population, according to The Wall Street Journal. Article

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> Successful patient engagement by provider organizations is as much about culture change as updated technology, according to stakeholders speaking last week at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's annual consumer summit in the District of Columbia. Article

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