Capsules: Feds Outline What Insurers Must Cover, Down To Polyp Removal; Waiver In Hand, Florida's Rick Scott Backs Medicaid Expansion; Dartmouth Study Questions Widely Used Risk-Adjustment Methods

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Diane Webber offers this take on the Florida Gov.'s decision on the health law's Medicaid expansion: "Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that he would back expansion of the Medicaid program under the federal health law. At a hastily-called press conference, Scott, a Republican, said he supported expanding Medicaid for three years — the amount of time the federal government picks up the whole cost" (Webber, 2/20).

In addition, Julie Appleby reports on the Obama administration's final essential benefits rule: "Essential benefit requirements apply mainly to individual and small group plans. They also apply to plans provided to those newly eligible for Medicaid coverage. A few provisions also affect self-insured plans and large group plans offered by employers" (Appleby, 2/20).

Also on Capsules, Jordan Rau reports on a new Dartmouth study: "In evaluating a hospital and health plan in the increasingly expensive U.S. health care system, federal officials and researchers often first factor in an assessment of how sick their patients are. A new study, however, challenges the validity of several widely used 'risk-adjustment' efforts and suggests that Medicare is overpaying some plans and facilities while underpaying others" (Rau, 2/21). Check out what else is on the blog.

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