Montana Gov. unveils Medicaid expansion proposal; Blue Shield CA notifies thousands to find other provider;

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> Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) proposed his Medicaid expansion plan Monday, reported the Great Falls Tribune. The Healthy Montana Plan would cover about 70,000 low-income residents. Article

> Independence Blue Cross has decided to invest in a chronic care app developer, reported MobiHealthNews. IBX confirmed this week that it gave CareCam Health Systems $2.4 million in November. The startup's rollout with IBX will focus specifically on asthma and diabetes patients. Article

> Blue Shield of California told more than 139,000 customers last week that they need to find healthcare providers outside of Sutter Health System, reported Beckers Hospital Review. Blue Shield's contract with Sutter expired Dec. 31. Another 145,000 customers will get a similar notice later this month. Article

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> A push is on among both hospital executives and lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility in two mostly rural and extremely conservative states. Article

> The American Hospital Association has lobbied the U.S. Congress to preserve and boost payments for graduate medical education, AHA News Now reported. Article

And finally … If you plan to miss a birthday party, make sure you can pay. Article