Capsules: Uninsured Die At Higher Rate After Brain Surgery, Study Finds; States Detail Questions About Their Exchange Options; Survey: Maryland Voters Know Little About Federal Health Law; NFL Records Go High-Tech

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Alvin Tran reports on a study involving mortality rates, brain surgery and people without insurance: "According to the findings of a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers, uninsured patients died at a higher rate after receiving brain surgery to remove cancerous tumors than those with private insurance. Uninsured patients had a death rate of 2.6 percent, compared to 1.3 percent among the privately insured, a statistically significant difference" (Tran, 11/20).

Also on Capsules, Ankita Rao reports on some states' questions about health insurance exchanges: "Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Friday that he will build a health exchange in his state – as soon as the Obama administration can explain exactly what that means. The Republican governor submitted 50 questions to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about how the state-built online insurance markets are supposed to be set up. … Branstad and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, also a Republican, are more public than some other state leaders in their criticism of the health law, but they are not the only ones demanding answers on how the exchanges must be set up. A National Association of Insurance Commissioners committee is compiling a working document of state queries about exchange regulations, which had 40 questions as of Monday afternoon" (Rao, 11/19).

In another post, Tran reports on a survey exploring how much Maryland voters know about the health law: "Although Maryland is a leader in implementing major provisions of the federal health law, many of its voters are still unsure of what changes are actually in store for them. The results of a new poll, released Monday, found that while the majority of Maryland voters support the measure, only 30 percent of survey respondents know a lot about its specific provisions" (Tran, 11/19).

And Shefali S. Kulkarni reports on how NFL medical records are going high tech: "Given the increased interest in providing better care for players, including more emphasis on concussions, National Football League officials announced Monday a new way to track and treat injuries. The NFL said it is implementing an electronic health records system that will eventually be adopted by all 32 teams" (Kulkarni, 11/19). Check out what else is on the blog.

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