Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Julie Appleby reports on a new study examining provider networks in exchange plans: "To keep premium prices down for individuals and small businesses buying coverage through new online marketplaces, insurers have created smaller networks of hospitals. But consumers and policy experts have wondered, just how small? Turns out, many are very small" (Appleby, 12/12).
Also on Capsules, Anna Gorman writes about California’s latest exchange numbers: "Enrollment in California’s new health insurance marketplace is picking up speed, with more than 156,000 signed up for coverage through last week, officials announced Thursday. Nearly a third of the enrollees – 49,700 – completed their applications during the first week of December" (Gorman 12/13). Check out what else is on the blog.