Around the nation: Maryland on track to pass paid medical leave legislation

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  • Connecticut: The Connecticut State Medical Society has partnered with KaMMCO Health Solutions to create a statewide health information exchange (HIE). The HIE will allow health care providers to exchange EHR data, leverage data analytics, and improve clinical processes. The system is set to launch in summer 2017 (EHR Intelligence, 4/5).

  • Maryland: The Maryland House on Wednesday passed a paid-sick-leave bill with sufficient votes to override an expected veto by Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The bill has also passed the state Senate with a veto-proof majority, according to the Washington Post. The measure would require businesses with 15 or more workers to offer five days of paid sick leave. Hogan had proposed an alternative measure which would only apply to companies with 50 or more employees and given tax breaks to small companies that wanted to provide paid sick leave (Wiggins/Hicks, Washington Post, 4/5).

  • Virginia: Via a state budget amendment, Republican lawmakers in Virginia on Wednesday blocked Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) push to expand Medicaid. McAuliffe has pushed for Medicaid expansion since taking office in 2014. About 400,000 people would be covered if the state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Bauerlein, Wall Street Journal, 4/5).

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