Capsules: Study: Expanding Medicaid Cheaper Than Not In Colorado; California Sets Standard Deductibles, Copays For Insurance Plans; San Diego Hospice Will Close As Financial Problems Grow; The 'Yawning' Chart Med School Students Fear

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Colorado Public Radio's Eric Whitney, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on Colorado's Medicaid expansion: "Opponents of the Medicaid expansion called for in the Affordable Care Act say states can't afford it, even with the federal government picking up most of the tab. But a new analysis says it would actually be more expensive for Colorado to not expand Medicaid" (Whitney, 2/14).

In addition, Julie Appleby reports the latest on California's new online marketplaces: "California on Wednesday became the first state to standardize health insurance plans under the federal health law, which regulators say will make shopping for health insurance easier when new online marketplaces begin enrolling customers in the fall" (Appleby, 2/14).

Meanwhile, Randy Dotinga reports on the latest news related to San Diego Hospice's woes: "San Diego Hospice, one of the nation’s oldest and busiest, is closing its doors permanently in response to financial problems stemming from an investigation of its practices by Medicare. The hospice announced last week that it planned to file for bankruptcy. On Wednesday, San Diego Hospice said it would cease operating in the next 60 to 90 days and that Scripps Health has offered to buy the hospice's small hospital and hire hospice employees to care for current patients" (Dotinga, 2/14).

Also on Capsules, Ankita Rao reports on the supply and demand of medical residency slots: "The graph from the Association of American Medical Colleges displays a yawning gap between the increasing number of med school grads looking for residencies and the number of residency slots available to them" (Rao, 2/13). Check out what else is on the blog.

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