Gov. Phil Scott (R) has signed into a law a bill that will require all state residents to be enrolled in health coverage beginning in 2020, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
- Massachusetts: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday announced that it will be opening a nonprofit medical research institute called the Bill and Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, aimed at combating diseases that disproportionately affect low- and middle-income countries. The institute has $273 million in funding for its first four years and already has ideas for initial projects, including a vaccine for tuberculosis and an annual shot to administer antimalarial drugs (Kim Cohen, Becker's Health IT & CIO Report, 6/8).
- New Hampshire: Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Friday signed into law a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors. The law makes New Hampshire the 13th state to ban the practice (Gstalter, The Hill, 6/8).
- Vermont: Gov. Phil Scott (R) has signed into a law a bill that will require all state residents to be enrolled in health coverage. The bill establishes a commission that will work to implement the state-level insurance mandate beginning Jan. 1, 2020 (Ring, AP/Sacramento Bee, 6/10).
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