Medicaid expansion improved primary care access in Michigan; Jeb Bush wants to 'phase out' Medicare;

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> The availability of primary care appointments improved for people with Medicaid in the first months after the state expanded the program, while wait times remained stable, a "secret shopper" study published in the Health Affairs journal revealed. Study abstract

> Data from Access Health CT show that more than 1 in 3 people who bought private health plans through Connecticut's health insurance exchange for this year haven't used their coverage, and more than 1 in 4 lack a primary care physician, the Hartford Courant reports. Article

> The country must fulfill its commitment to people who are already receiving Medicare benefits, but then needs to figure out a way to "phase out" the program for others and move to a new system, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said in an interview at a recent Americans for Prosperity event in New Hampshire. Video

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> A new study presents some troubling findings when it comes to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals across the country. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria, once thought to be less "fit" than other strains, in fact survive better and cause more deadly infections, according to the findings. Article

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> Health IT offers substantial potential for U.S. companies to increase exports, according to a new report released this month by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Article

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