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July 13, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee Council OKs Pact with Police Union Turning aside the pleas and threats of dissident officers, Milwaukee aldermen on Tuesday approved a police union contract that boosts both wages and health care premiums. ?? The health care change will more than triple annual health insurance premiums for most single employees, from $240 to $779, and increase most family premiums from $480 a year to $1,228 to $2,455, depending on the number of adults and children in the household. City negotiators considered the health care provision a key victory (Sandler, 12/20).

(Oregon) Statesman Journal: Lawmakers' Views Differ On State Health CareThough they represent neighboring counties and sat on the same panel Tuesday, Commissioners Janet Carlson and Craig Pope offered differing views of a shift in how state-supported health care is delivered to more than a half-million low-income Oregonians. Lawmakers heard them and others as they consider the next steps in the shift from managed-care organizations -; under which 85 percent of Oregon Health Plan recipients now receive care -; to community networks of doctors, hospitals and other providers. The new coordinated-care organizations would focus their efforts on the most chronically ill patients, who account for a disproportionate share of the costs of care (Wong, 12/20).

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