Health care news from around the web: July 10 – 14, 2017

Written on Jul 10, 2017

Kasich signs Ohio state budget, vetoes Medicaid freeze

Gov. John Kasich has once again stood against fellow Republicans in the Ohio Legislature to support a Medicaid expansion that now provides health insurance to 700,000 low-income Ohioans. The 2016 presidential contender vetoed a proposed freeze from Ohio's state budget before signing it June 30.

Another insurer leaves Ohio health care exchange
The Dayton-based Premier Health Plan said June 29 that uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act fueled its decision to leave the Ohio exchange as of Jan. 1, 2018. The move affects people in nine Southwest Ohio counties.

Audit: Ohio Department of Health could save $1.1 million by transitioning to digital files
The Ohio Department of Health can save $1.1 million by expanding its electronic filing system for birth and death certificates, according to a report by state Auditor Dave Yost.

Federal Medicaid spending to fall 35% in two decades under Senate healthcare bill
The new Congressional Budget Office findings may make it more difficult for GOP leadership to line up moderate votes to pass the healthcare bill. The long-term funding drop, 35% over two decades, means Senate Republicans may have to scrap the bill's proposed change to a lower inflation rate in 2025.

Tech Corner – Artificial intelligence will redefine the world
How big of a deal is artificial intelligence? Microsoft researcher James McCaffrey explains AI's origins and why we can expect profound effects from it.

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