Capsules: Obamacare Outreach Is On Wheels In Mississippi; Video: Problems Remain With Website; 1.46 Million Determined To Be Eligible for Medicaid And CHIP In October

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Marissa Evans reports on Medicaid and CHIP eligibility numbers: "After two months of media shellacking, website woes and a series of skeptical congressional grillings, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was accentuating the positive, noting the jump in the number of people eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act" (Evans, 12/4). 

In addition, Mississippi Public Broadcasting's Jeffrey Hess, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on his state's enrollment outreach efforts: "In Mississippi, as in the 35 other states where is running the enrollment show, it hasn’t been easy to sign up for the health law’s new insurance options. That’s a political problem for Democrats and a personal problem for the uninsured — but it’s a business problem for the companies that are trying to sell insurance plans in the new marketplace.
One insurance company, Humana, is taking to the road to tackle the problem. Humana launched two specially equipped buses which have Internet access and agents on board who can enroll Mississippians in Affordable Care Act plans" (Hess, 12/4).

Also on the Capsules, you can watch the video of KHN's  Mary Agnes Carey on PBS NewsHour Monday to discuss the bug fixes to the federal health insurance marketplace and the problems that remain to be addressed (12/3). Check out what else is on the blog.

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