May 4, 2020

Around the nation: Utah launches program to ensure all residents have facemasks

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    The program, called "A Mask for Every Utahn," has produced two million masks so far, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, California, and Utah.

    • Arizona/California: Molina Healthcare on Thursday announced it will buy Magellan Health's Medicaid and Medicare insurance business, called Magellan Complete Care, for $820 million. Molina through the deal would acquire 155,000 new members and could see its annual revenue increase to more than $20 billion, according to Modern Healthcare. The companies expect to close the deal by the first quarter of 2021 (Livingston, Modern Healthcare, 4/30; Minemyer, FierceHealthcare, 4/30).
    • California: State officials over the past six months have fined 12 drugmakers a total of $17.5 million for failing to provide prior notice of drug price increases in accordance with a law the state enacted last year. Officials based the fines on the number of days that the companies were in violation of the law, with the largest penalty totaling $3.6 million (Anderson, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/28).
    • Utah: Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Wednesday announced that Utah has launched a new program called "A Mask for Every Utahn," under which the state will provide facemasks to all residents who haven't yet been able to acquire one. Utah will provide the masks through a partnership with the Utah Manufacturers Association and Cotopaxi, which have produced a total of two million masks for the program so far. The state is paying for the program with funding it received under a federal stimulus measure enacted last month (Budryk, The Hill, 4/29).

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