Capsules: Medicare Extends Enrollment Period For Those Affected By Sandy; Bloggers Parse What Happens Next On Health Law; Status Update: Medical Schools May Check Applicants On Facebook

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Susan Jaffe reports on Medicare's effort to help people caught in the path of the recent hurricane: "Medicare beneficiaries battered by Superstorm Sandy have one less problem to worry about: Federal officials have extended the Dec. 7 deadline to enroll in a private medical or drug plan for next year for those still coping with storm damage" (Jaffe, 11/8).

Also on Capsules, Andrew Villegas examines in his Blogwatch column what bloggers are saying about the health law following Tuesday's election: "The health policy world has moved on from what happens IF the health law survives to what happens NEXT now that its future appears secure" (Villegas, 11/8).

In addition, Alvin Tran writes about a new study looking at whether medical schools check out applicants' social media accounts: "While applying to medical school as a college student, Drew Lee did what many of his fellow 'premeds' were doing at the time – he gave himself an anonymous name on his Facebook account. ... a new study by researchers at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, suggests his concerns were well-founded" (Tran, 11/8). Check out what else is on the blog.

This is part of Kaiser Health News' Daily Report - a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. The full summary of the day's news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.