Around the nation: Feb. 9, 2015

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Arkansas: The Arkansas House on Thursday voted 82-16 to reauthorize funding for the state's alternative Medicaid expansion through June 2016. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said vote was a "right step forward," adding that he is "grateful for the confidence that the legislature has placed in the task force" (DeMillo, AP/ABC News, 2/5).
  • California: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $75 million to help San Francisco General Hospital pay for critical equipment and technology at its new facility, slated to open at the end of 2015. Officials believe the gift is the largest made by individuals to a U.S. public hospital. In recognition, the new hospital will be named the Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/6).
  • Wyoming: The state Senate and House on Friday voted down a bill to expand Medicaid in the state, effectively killing Gov. Matt Mead's (R) plan to move forward with expansion in the state. A House committee was slated to consider a different Medicaid expansion option for Wyoming on Friday afternoon, but the committee chair tabled the discussion, saying it would be a waste of time (Hancock, Casper Star Tribune, 2/6).

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