Capsules: Report: Mass. Residents Paying More, Getting Less From Health Insurance; HHS Watchdog Says Rural Hospital Program Needs A Trim

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, WBUR's Martha Bebinger, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on a new study regarding Massachusetts insurance cost and coverage: "If Massachusetts residents have the feeling they're getting less coverage from their health insurance even though it's costing more, there's now evidence that they're right. A state report says Bay State premiums rose 9.7 percent between 2009 and 2011, while the value of that coverage shrank 5.1 percent" (Bebinger, 8/14).

Also on Capsules, Jenny Gold reports on a federal government program designed to help rural hospitals: "The federal government's program to help rural hospitals has grown bloated and unwieldy, according to a report released Thursday by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. Trimming the program could save the government and Medicare beneficiaries up to a trillion dollars a year, the agency found" (Gold, 8/15). Check out what else is on the blog.

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