Capsules: California's Small Business Insurance SHOP Opens, A Contrast To Feds; Administration: Bugs Reduced At Healthcare.gov; How Is Healthcare.gov Performing Now?

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Anna Gorman reports on California's SHOP exchange: "Just a few days after the federal government delayed online enrollment, California announced better news for small businesses who want to buy health insurance. Businesses with up to 50 employees can begin signing up online for coverage through the state’s new marketplace, officials announced Monday" (Gorman, 12/2).

Also on Capsules, Phil Galewitz reports on how healthcare.gov is doing: "For the first time since its mangled Oct. 1 launch, users can now go to the federal government's insurance enrollment website and get detailed information about the costs and benefits of health plans in their county without first enrolling" (Galewitz, 12/2).

In addition, KHN's Mary Agnes Carey was on NPR's "Tell Me More" Monday morning to give an update on the federal government's troubled website. Listen to audio of Carey speaking with Michel Martin. 

Finally, Galewitz also reports on the experience some consumers are having with the federal marketplace: "Vickie Fleisher-Gann had been trying since Oct. 1 to complete her Obamacare application so she could start shopping for insurance on healthcare.gov, but she kept getting stopped by error messages. With her policy expiring at the end of the year, she feared time was running out. On Sunday morning, the former Harrisburg, Pa., hospital administrator finally was able to complete her application, shop for a plan and enroll — all within about 30 minutes. 'I was shocked when it worked,' said Fleisher-Gann, 61. 'I just couldn't believe it'" (Galewitz, 12/2). Check out what else is on the blog.  

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