Vermont Health Connect price tag rises to $200 million; Rhode Island Republican plan to end state-run exchange met with opposition;

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> Republican legislation to end the Rhode Island state-run health exchange HealthSource RI by the end of 2015 and switch to the federal exchange met with opposition Tuesday during a hearing at the State House, the Providence Journal reports. Article

> Health insurance exchange operator EHealth Inc. will cut 15 percent of its workforce, some 160 jobs, mostly from its customer care and enrollment and technology and content groups, due to low membership and a severe drop in stock prices, according to the Wall Street Journal. Article

> Vermont's healthcare reform chief expects to spend $72 million this year fixing the state's troubled Vermont Health Connect health insurance exchange, bringing the total cost of the exchange near $200 million, Burlington Free Press reports. Article

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> Although nurses remain overwhelmingly female, the number of men in the profession is slowly increasing as nursing schools make an effort to recruit more. Article

> A better understanding of the causes of readmission for sepsis patients could help providers develop proactive care plans to prevent rehospitalizations. Article

And Finally … To Mr. Obama, 1400 Pennsylvania Ave. Article