The bill to ban short-term health plans in the state now heads to the governor's desk, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, North Carolina, and Texas.
- California: The state Legislature on Monday approved a measure that would ban short-term health plans, which typically cost less than other health plans but are not subject to the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements. The bill now heads to the governor's desk. The bill follows the Trump administration's decision to extend the renewal period and duration of short-term plans (Alvarez, Sacramento Business Journal, 8/21).
- North Carolina: Novant Health on Tuesday announced that it is increasing the minimum hourly wage for employees from $11 to $12.50. The increased minimum wage will amount to a $4 million investment for the system and will affect 5,000 employees (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/21).
- Minnesota: Mayo Clinic announced last week that it will add an $11.2 million birthing center to its Austin campus. The new center will include a cesarean-section suite, 10 rooms, private bathrooms, and a waiting area. Construction will begin in summer 2019 (Kuehn, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 8/20).
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