Nebraska gov argues against Medicaid expansion; Blue Cross of Massachusetts to begin offering text-based services

> Aetna Inc. has signed a contract with the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization, a partnership that will include 70,000 commercially insured Aetna members under the care of primary-care physicians in the Philadelphia-area ACO, Philly.com reports. Article

> In an opinion piece published in the York News Times, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts argues against Medicaid expansion in his state, saying that expanding the program would "shift Medicaid's focus away from its core mission and expose our state's budget to unreasonable risk." Article

> Blue Cross of Massachusetts is embracing texting in order to better connect with members, according to the Boston Business Journal. The insurer will begin signing up members for a text-based information service, which will send users a link to an online portal to help them receive insurance reminders and track engagement. Article

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> Minnesota overpaid as much as $271 million over a five-month period on ineligible beneficiaries within the state's health insurance exchange program, according to a recently released audit. Article

> Legislators are asking industry stakeholders for input regarding potential changes to the Stark law in light of the ongoing transition toward value-based payments; however, the complexity of the law means any changes will likely elicit more confusion and cause even more problems for some providers. Article

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