Tennessee Gov. wants legislature to hear Medicaid proposal; California budget in jeopardy due to healthcare costs;

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> Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is calling on the state's legislature to hear his Medicaid expansion proposal, reported The Tennessean. Insure Tennessee, a two-year pilot program, would provide coverage to more than 200,000 residents. Article

> Some seniors who use Aetna for Medicare Part D, or its subsidiary Coventry Health, may have been provided with inaccurate information regarding which pharmacies they can use to fill prescriptions, reported The Chicago Tribune. Article

> California's budget is in jeopardy due to current and retired workers who have totaled $71.8 billion in healthcare benefits as of June of last year--the state has almost nothing to cover that cost, reported the Los Angeles Times. Enrollment in the state's Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, has increased 50 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Article

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> Healthcare facilities can employ a diverse array of staffing patterns--including those that employ more non-physician staff members--into their organizations in order to increase their productivity and better meet the needs of their communities, a new study suggests. Article

> Despite long-held concerns about the stigma surrounding male nurses, some nursing programs have seen an uptick in male recruits. Article

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