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November 29, 2017

Around the nation: Colo. informs residents of looming CHIP coverage expiration

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    Colorado is the first state to inform residents about potentially disruptions in CHIP coverage if Congress fails to reauthorize the program, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Florida, and Georgia.

    • Colorado: Colorado officials on Monday announced that they are sending letters to notify residents that CHIP coverage will end on Jan. 31, 2018, if Congress does not renew federal funding for the program by late December. According to Axios' "Vitals," Colorado is the first state to begin sending such notifications, but other states are preparing to take similar action. Federal CHIP funding expired at the end of September. Congress wants to renew funding in the December omnibus spending bill, though they have not yet reached an agreement on spending offsets (Baker, "Vitals," Axios, 11/28).

    • Florida: The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board has picked Flad Architects and Gilbane Building Co. to design and build a $225 million hospital in Venice. The facility will have a 20-bed observation unit and a 25-room emergency care center. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration gave the project preliminary approval. A final decision is expected in early 2018 (Manning, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 11/27).

    • Georgia: St. Francis Hospital has made Dan Jones' interim appointment as CEO permanent, effective immediately. Jones has served as CEO since August. Before coming to St. Francis, Jones was CEO of Abrazo Community Health Network in Phoenix (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/27).

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