Capsules: Facing Deadline, Most States Say No To Running Their Own Insurance Exchanges; Obama Administration Grilled About Insurance Markets In House Hearing; Health Law Could Help Low-Income Mothers With Depression

Now on Kaiser Health News'' blog, Phil Galewitz offers an update regarding today's health exchange deadline: "With today's deadline hours away, only 17 states and the District of Columbia have proposed running their own insurance markets, also known as exchanges, a key vehicle under the law to expand health coverage to an estimated 23 million people over next four years" (Galewitz, 12/14).

In addition, Galewitz reports on yesterday's House subcommittee hearing regarding the health law: "Top Obama administration officials were called before a House subcommittee Thursday to answer questions about the implementation of the president’s landmark health law, and what Republicans say is a lack of clarity over how online insurance markets and a massive expansion of Medicaid will work" (Galewitz, 12/13).

Also on Capsules, Ankita Rao reports on how the health law could help low-income mothers with depression: "But states choosing to participate in the expansion of Medicaid could improve access to the prevention and treatment women need, said Larke Huang, a psychologist and senior adviser at the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, who was also part of the forum. Medicaid currently covers pregnant women considered 'medically needy,' who might not meet income requirements. The coverage continues until six months after they give birth. In states that expand the program, many of those women will now qualify for the program after the six-month period, she said" (Rao, 12/14). Check out what else is on the blog.

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