United States should sell health ecosystem internationally; Highmark-Blue Cross deal faces opposition;

> UnitedHealth Group and other U.S. healthcare businesses want to rebuild America's battered economy by selling the country's "health ecosystem" internationally, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness proposes that the U.S. government build its foreign free-trade policy around the healthcare industry since the sector has been a significant jobs creator since 2008. Article

> The Department of Health & Human Services has extended the deadline to comment on its proposed health insurance exchange and risk management rules. It is now accepting comments until Oct. 31 instead of Sept. 28, reports the National Underwriter. Article

> The merger of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware and Highmark will face opposition from the Delaware attorney general's office unless Blue Cross dedicates $45 million to pay for programs that support uninsured Delawareans, reports The News Journal. Although Attorney General Beau Biden acknowledges he lacks veto power over the deal, he said he will push for the condition at public hearings scheduled for next month. Article

And Finally... If your doctor is funny, then he's probably good at his job. Article

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