Capsules: Americans Uncomfortable Around Mentally Ill Despite Acknowledging Discrimination; Ways & Means Chairman Hopes To Move Medicare 'Doc Fix' Plan

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jordan Rau reports on a new poll exploring public views on mental illness: "The public has a contradictory view of mental illness, according to a new poll. While most Americans believe people with such ailments are the victims of prejudice and discrimination, a substantial portion of the public say they have qualms about working in the same place or having their children attend a school where someone with a 'serious' mental illness is employed" (Rau, 2/27).

In addition, Mary Agnes Carey reports on developments related to Medicare's 'doc fix': "The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee made clear Tuesday that finding a solution to the vexing issue of setting Medicare physician payment rates is on his to-do list this year, and he got some tepid support from a key Democrat" (Carey, 2/27). Check out what else is on the blog.

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