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Iowa News

Bids to be sought for old hospital demolition
The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees Tuesday night approved a measure to seek bids for the demolition of the former Hamilton Hospital building.  (The Daily Freeman- Journal)

Supervisors hold off on support for Keokuk hospital
Lee County supervisors have said they are as concerned about the operation of the Keokuk Area Hospital as anyone else, but they decided to table a letter of support during their meeting Tuesday at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. (The Daily Gate City)

National News

The New Jersey Experience: Do Insurance Reforms Unravel Without An Individual Mandate?
On Monday, when the Supreme Court hears arguments about whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, the justices will also contemplate a policy issue: Is it possible to reform the private insurance market, making affordable coverage available to all, without an individual mandate? (Kasier Health News)

Diagnostic Medical-Test Patents Limited by U.S. High Court
The U.S. Supreme Court put new limits on the availability of patents for diagnostic medical tests, ruling in favor of the Mayo Clinic in a case that will shape the growing field of personalized health care. (Bloomberg News)

Supreme Court rules that states can’t be sued for denying workers medical leave
The Supreme Court divided along ideological lines Tuesday in ruling that states may not be sued by their employees for illegally denying them medical leave. (The Washington Post)
Two (Very Different) Miami Hospitals Prepare For Health Law’s Medicaid Expansion
The health law’s expansion of Medicaid will cover some 16 million more Americans in the government program for the poor – if that part of the law survives the legal challenge it faces in the Supreme Court beginning next week.  (Kaiser Health News/NPR)


10,000 additional employees join Emanuel’s wellness plan
Ten thousand more employees at five city agencies have signed on to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise monthly health insurance premiums by $50 for employees who fail to participate in a “wellness program” to manage chronic health problems. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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