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Miss. Senate Approves Bill On Medicaid Electronic Records

A Mississippi Senate panel considered a measure that would require electronic health records and regular audits for the state's Medicaid program. In other news, the Vermont House defeats a narrow exemption for contraception coverage and supporters of a medical cannabis program rally on the Iowa state capitol's steps.

The Associated Press: Bill Would Computerize Medicaid Records, Audit Recipients
Mississippi Senate committee has passed a narrower version of a bill that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would contract an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients' information. The Senate version would have Medicaid officials then verify recipients' financial information and residency to determine if they're still eligible for aid. Any recipient found to have moved out of state would stop getting aid within three months. (Benchaabane, 3/24)

The Des Moines Register: Rally Calls For Bipartisan Support Of Medical Cannabis
Hundreds of Iowans gathered on the Capitol steps Tuesday to tell state lawmakers that it's time to approve a comprehensive, safe medical cannabis program. The crowd of nearly 200 at the Rally for Compassionate Cannabis included patients, caregivers, legislators and local government officials. They stood with signs that read "Stop the Suffering" while speakers shared sometimes emotional stories about their experiences with medical cannabis. (Norvelli, 3/24)

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