Stanford Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross reach agreement; Michigan doubles exchange plan options;

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> District Judge Beryl Howell dismissed a case Thursday brought against the District of Columbia's health insurance exchange by an insurance industry group who claimed insurers weren't able to sell their plans on the District's exchange, reports the Washington Business Journal. The exchange will continue to collect a 1 percent tax from insurers. Article

> Stanford Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross of California reached a new three-year agreement, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The contract will continue coverage for Medicare, as well as individual and small group policies. Article

> Michigan is doubling the number of plan options available to consumers this upcoming enrollment period--last year, the exchange included 72 plans; this year the number will jump to 175, reports The Detroit News. Article

Health Finance News

> If Partners HealthCare is able to pull off a deal, arranged with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, to purchase three more hospitals in the state, it will do so at the risk of the enmity of practically every other hospital operator in the region, the Boston Globe reported. Article

> Hospitals in more than a quarter of states charge rape victims for all or part of their post-assault exams, Channel 3000 reported. Article

And finally … Dozens of area residents blamed it on the dog. Article