Capsules: Study: States Face Increased Medicaid Costs Even If They Don't Expand Program; Report: Coverage Of Smoking Cessation Treatments Is Spotty Despite Health Law

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Phil Galewitz reports on a new study regarding states and Medicaid costs: "If state officials think they can escape a fiscal quagmire by refusing to expand Medicaid under the federal health law, they might want to reconsider" (Galewitz, 11/26).

Also on the blog, Ankita Rao reports on insurance coverage trends regarding smoking cessation: "In 2010, the Affordable Care Act required that all new private health insurance plans completely cover preventive services deemed effective by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Several methods of halting tobacco use, the country's leading cause of preventable death, made the cut. Despite effective treatments, a report from the Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute found that confusing language and inconsistent coverage stood in the way of those trying to use such treatments to kick their habits" (Rao, 11/26). Check out what else is on the blog.

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