Daily roundup: May 21, 2014

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Colorado: The federal government this week approved a plan to consolidate geographic areas of Colorado in a way that will reduce premiums on plans offered through the health insurance exchange, especially in mountain and rural areas, according to the Colorado Division of Insurance. A Kaiser Health News report found that the Colorado Mountain Resort Region—which includes Aspen and Vail ski resorts—has the highest monthly premiums in the United States at $483 (AP/Washington Times, 5/19).

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  • Connecticut: A state appellate court this week dismissed a lawsuit accusing Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) of overstepping his authority when he enacted a law in 2011 that allowed home health care workers to join unions. The judges ruled that the lawsuit was moot because the state legislature passed a law in 2012 giving such workers the right to join unions (Collins, AP/Washington Times, 5/19).

  • Michigan: Federal officials announced this week that a Detroit meat packing company is recalling 1.8 million pounds of ground beef after it was linked to 11 E. coli infections in four states. The beef was produced between March 31 and April 18 and was packaged by Wolverine Packing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/19).

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