Washington Medicaid program reports data breach; Kentucky OKs Aetna-Humana merger

> Washington state's Medicaid program, Apple Health, has reported that employees' improper handling of information resulted in a breach affecting 91,000 beneficiaries. Notification

> The state of Kentucky has approved Humana's merger with Aetna, saying the deal won't hurt policyholders or damage competition among insurers, Louisville Business First reports. Article (subscription may be required)

> The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an opt-out process for religious nonprofits that oppose the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, Law360 reports. Article

> Uninsurance among children dropped nationwide from 7.5 percent in 2013 to 6.3 percent in 2014, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Report

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> A retired former president of the Hospital Corporation of America is advocating for a no-fault medical malpractice system in Georgia that is also being debated in other states. Article

Health IT News

> Although the healthcare industry has moved with "tremendous speed" in addressing security in the past couple of years, Internet of Things health devices are creating more potential for cyberattacks. Article

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