Kentucky Gov. recognizes ACA success in state despite GOP opposition; Horizon of New Jersey expands fitness rewards program;

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> Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) welcomes the attention of making the Affordable Care Act work in a state that's notoriously red and not very pro-ACA, Beshear mentioned during AHIP's Exchange Forum conference in the District of Columbia Thursday, reported The Hill. Article

> Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announced this week that it plans to expand its HorizonbFit rewards program to large, self-funded employers. Members are able to earn up to $240 a year in rewards for meeting fitness and wellness goals. Announcement

> Zenefits, a free online software platform that manages health and human resources needs, added two new team members this week, the company announced. Joshua Stein, who was named as general counsel, comes from OptumRx, a subsidiary UnitedHealth Group, where he served as vice president and principal counsel. Chris Massey, who was named the new vice president of public policy, served as the director of government relations for Lyft. Announcement

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> Lawmakers in Connecticut and Oregon, concerned with the continuing rise of healthcare costs, propose bills to make the cost of delivering care more transparent. Article

> Congress can never seem to solve the conundrum that is the Sustainable Growth Rate formula used to calculate the rates the Medicare program pays physicians. It's an issue that the legislative body has been ducking for more than a decade with annual patches and occasional near-misses with proposed fixes. Article

And finally … President Obama reads mean tweets. Video