The new state law caps out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $100 per month, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Alaska, Colorado, and Wisconsin.
- Alaska: World War II Army nurse Charlotte Schwid on Wednesday celebrated her 100th birthday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9785 in Eagle River. Schwid enlisted in the Army to treat injured soldiers less than a year after she graduated from nursing school. After working in the Army, Schwid worked as a stadium nurse at the Milwaukee County Stadium in Wisconsin. At 100 years old, Schwid said she still supports other veterans by attending homecoming events and tours (Vigil, KTVA, 5/23).
- Colorado: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that caps out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $100 per month, making it the first state to limit cost-sharing associated with insulin. The law does not affect what insulin manufacturers charge insurance companies, meaning insurance companies will be responsible for the price difference. The law also requires the state attorney general to investigate the recent surge in insulin prices (Daugherty, The Hill, 5/23).
- Wisconsin: Alverno College's nursing school and the Ascension Wisconsin-affiliated Columbia College of Nursing on Tuesday signed a letter of intent to merge. The colleges said the merger would expand Alverno's health care programs and provide more education opportunities for Ascension employees. The merger could also combine the nursing school's programs (Anderson, BizTimes, 5/22).
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