Minn. saw 40% drop in uninsured rate; N.J. most expensive state for Medicare;

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> The Department of Health and Human Services is giving states with HHS-run exchanges the option to offer small employers a multiple-plan coverage option in 2015, reports LifeHealth Pro. Eighteen states have decided against it, while 14 will offer the option. Article

> Minnesota saw a 40 percent drop in the rate of uninsured individuals, according to a University of Minnesota report released Wednesday. From Sept. 30 to May 1, the number of those uninsured fell from 445,000 people to about 264,500. Article

> New Jersey costs Medicare more than any other state for ambulance rides per kidney dialysis patient, according to ProPublica. Nearly 37 ambulance companies collected more than $46.5 million in 2012. Article

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> Telehealth support for rural consultants is shown to improve the quality of forensic exams for sexual abuse, according to a study published in Child Abuse & Neglect. It showed that clinicians with access to nurses at UC Davis conducted more thorough exams and made more accurate diagnosis. Article

> Big data is making headway in healthcare, and California's Kaiser Permanente is showing what can be done with that information by using data techniques to help the most vulnerable among us--infants. Article

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