States look to expand Medicaid next year; Seattle Children's, Regence settle dispute over insurance networks;

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> With the long-awaited deal to expand Medicaid finally struck last week between Pennsylvania and the Obama administration, 27 states and the District of Columbia have adopted a key coverage plank of the Affordable Care Act. And the momentum continues to grow in Republican-led states--Tennessee and several others look to expand coverage to low-income residents in 2015, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

> A nearly yearlong dispute in which Seattle Children's hospital sought to make sure its facilities and experts were included in Washington state health insurance plans has finally been resolved, reports The Seattle Times. Article

> Some 22,000 New Hampshire residents who previously had been uninsured now have health insurance, and as a result the number of people in the state without coverage has dropped by 14 percent in the first five months of the year, reports the New Hampshire Business Review. Article

Health IT News

> The governance subgroup of the federal government's Health IT Policy Committee this week pinpointed problems in the health information exchange ecosystem based on several factors, including severity and commonness, the impact on private and secure exchange and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's ability to solve such problems. Article

> Immunization information systems (IIS) play a key role in helping patients and providers keep up to date on vaccinations and in prevention and effective response to disease outbreaks. Article

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