Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Julie Appleby reports on a newly issued health law final rule: "But the rule defines the standard for affordability more narrowly than most consumer groups had hoped — as an amount less than 9.5 percent of household income to cover just that employee's share of premium costs, not on what he or she must pay to cover their entire family, which is generally more expensive" (Appleby, 1/30).
Also on Capsules, Mary Agnes Carey reports on what a group of Medicare experts consider to be their wish list: "The three experts want to see a permanent fix for the payment formula for doctors. That formula, called the sustainable growth rate, or SGR, has threatened large payment cuts nearly every year since being implemented and Congress has repeatedly stepped in to stop it. And all said it's high time Congress confirms a CMS administrator" (Carey, 1/30). Check out what else is on the blog.