NY requires insurers cover victims of domestic violence; Arizona Senate leader defunds program that insures poor children

> New York now requires that insurers provide individual coverage through the state health exchange to allow victims of domestic violence or abandonment to enroll at any time, according to an article from the Associated Press. Article

> The Arizona Senate president has refused to restore a program providing health insurance to poor children, causing backlash from program advocates, U.S. News reports. Article

> Connecticut officials said they are working hard to keep insurance giant Aetna in the state as cities, incuding Boston, try to lure it away, the Hartford Courant reports.  Article

Health Finance News

> Big healthcare mergers, like the proposed deal between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago, face intense federal scrutiny. But regulators often ignore smaller deals involving hospitals and physician groups that over time create entities that dominate local or regional markets. Article

Health IT News

> Hospital board members need education in order to make the best decisions about cybersecurity, according to Gerard Nussbaum, director of technology at consulting firm Kurt Salmon. Article

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