UnitedHealth hiring vets; California may limit step therapy;

> UnitedHealth Group has joined a coalition of large companies that intend to hire 100,000 military service members and veterans collectively by 2020, reported Twin Cities Business. UnitedHealth will actively reach out to and recruit military members and veterans as part of its commitment to the group, called the 100,000 Jobs Mission. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has named the former head of the state's Medicaid program as its new chief operating officer, reported the Times Free Press. Effective May 1, J.D. Hickey will succeed the Blue Cross current COO Bill Gracey, who will become the new CEO next year. Article

> California lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent insurers from using "step therapy," which requires members to try up to five prescription painkillers before they cover the drugs, reported KQED. Legislation introduced in the California Assembly would prohibit insurers from forcing members to try more than two prescription drugs before providing coverage. Article

> And Finally... Misperceptions make me a lousy artist. Article

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