Around the nation: May 1, 2015

  • Montana: Gov. Steve Bullock (D) on Wednesday signed legislation that would expand eligibility for Medicaid to about 70,000 state residents. If the plan is approved by CMS, Montana would become the 29th state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Baumann, AP/Washington Times, 4/29; Dickson, Modern Healthcare, 4/29 [subscription required]).
  • Tennessee: Nashville-based HCA has pledged to donate up to $1 million to three international organizations providing relief to victims of the massive earthquake that killed thousands in Nepal over the weekend. Specifically, the hospital operator will give $250,000 to Doctors Without Borders and $250,000 to MedShare International. In addition, it will match up to $500,000 in donations made to the American Red Cross by HCA vendors and employees (Gamble, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/30).
  • Texas: A nurse died on Monday after falling from a medical helicopter while attempting to rescue a woman on a hiking trail in Austin. Kristin McLain, 46, became detached from the hoist while the hiker was being lifted into the chopper. She died at the scene (AP/Miami Herald, 4/28).

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