Around the nation: Virginia's governor wants hospitals to help pay for Medicaid expansion

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  • New Jersey: Nurses at Southern Ocean Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center negotiated an agreement with parent company Meridian Health about its social media policy Monday. During contract negotiations earlier this year, union nurses who expressed support for increased staffing levels on Facebook were told they violated company policy, and that they could not post anything about Meridian on social media. Meridian worked with the union to revise the policy, which the union argued infringes on nurses' rights (O'Brien, New Jersey Advanced Media/NJ.com, 11/6).

  • Rhode Island: Rhode Island is on track to end chronic veteran homelessness by the end of this year. To help meet its goal, the state is using a "vulnerability survey," which calculates how likely a homeless person is to die on the street and prioritizes housing based on a person's score. Rhode Island is also utilizing a "housing first" strategy, which prioritizes housing the homeless and surrounding them with services, rather than making placement in permanent housing contingent on first completing counseling (Smith, AP/San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/8).

  • Virginia: In his newest attempt to expand the state's Medicaid program, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) says he has a plan that would extend health care to 400,000 uninsured Virginians at no cost. State Republicans pushed back on earlier plans, which would have required the state to pay $240 million annually. McAuliffe offered few details on the plan, but said hospitals would be required to contribute financially, adding that for "every dollar [hospitals] put in, they get a multiple back" (Vozzella, Washington Post, 11/7).

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