June 12, 2020

Around the nation: Trump announces plan to resume campaign rallies, after suspension due to Covid-19

Daily Briefing

    The rally—which is scheduled to take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 19—will be President Trump's first campaign rally since the new coronavirus swept the nation in early March, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kentucky, Minnesota, and Oklahoma.

    • Kentucky: Gov. Andy Beshear (D) on Monday announced a plan to provide 100% of black Kentucky residents with health coverage in an effort to address racial inequalities in health care. Under the plan, so-called "health insurance connectors" will reach out to black residents and help them apply for Medicaid, private, or federal health plans (Coleman, The Hill, 6/9; Krauth, Courier Journal, 6/8).
    • Minnesota: Optum in May hired former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina CEO Patrick Conway as Optum's new CEO of Care Solutions, Conway announced Tuesday. Conway previously served as a senior executive in residence at Optum. Conway said he'll be working to improve patient care by focusing on value-based models. (Daily Briefing is published by Advisory Board, a division of Optum) (Minemyer, FierceHealthcare, 6/10; Haefner, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/10).
    • Oklahoma: President Trump on Wednesday announced he will hold a campaign rally on June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The campaign rally will be Trump's first since the new coronavirus swept the United States in early March. A notice posted Thursday on Trump's campaign website noted that people who register for the event "are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to [the new coronavirus] exists in any public place where people are present" and agree not to sue the campaign or the venue if they contract the virus at the rally (Rummler, Axios, 6/10; Isenstadt, Politico, 6/8; Gross, New York Times, 6/11; Nobles, CNN, 6/12).

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