Capsules: Breaking Up With Healthcare.gov; The Iowa Insurance Challenge: Rural Outreach; Should Consumers Give Healthcare.gov A Second Chance?; Doctors Groups Share Concerns About Narrow Networks, Confusion With White House

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Alaska Public Radio’s Annie Feidt, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports: "Enrolling in healthcare.gov is not easy. In Alaska, just 53 people enrolled in the first month. Anchorage hair stylist Lara Imler is one of the few who got through. Now though, after she discovered problems with her application, Imler wants to cancel her enrollment" (Feidt, 12/1).

Also on the blog, Iowa Public Radio's Sarah McCammon, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on Iowa's enrollment efforts: "With more than 200,000 Iowans lacking health insurance, there are lots of questions but not many people equipped to answer them. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart says the state got about $600,000 in federal funding for pay for navigators, who help people understand their options and sign up for coverage. 'That's not a lot of money to build a statewide campaign,' he notes. 'You have to hire staff, train staff, hold events. I mean that’s expensive'" (McCammon, 11/27).

In addition, Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with Cosmopolitan, offers this status check  on the health law: "As you probably know from all of the talking (and screaming) heads on TV, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stumbled out of the gate with a glitch-ridden enrollment site, cancellation of some insurance policies and other technical glitches that have made Steve Jobs roll over in his grave. But if recent headlines and late-night jokes have left you confused, let us straighten it all out for you and tell you what you need to know" (Galewitz, 11/27).  

Galewitz also reports on a White House meeting with physicians: "The nation’s top physician groups told White House officials Tuesday they are worried about what consumers will encounter after Jan. 1, when millions are expected to gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act" (Galewitz, 11/27). Check out what else is new on the blog.

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