Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mississippi Public Broadcasting's Jeffrey Hess, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on Mississippi's Medicaid hijinks: "With just two days to spare, and with plenty of political drama, Mississippi lawmakers approved a plan late Friday to renew Medicaid for another year. The joint federal-state program, which provides health insurance to some 700,000 poor Mississippians, was set to expire Sunday night" (Hess, 6/29).
Also on Capsules, Mary Agnes Carey reports on the Obama administration's final rule on contraception coverage: "The Obama administration issued final rules Friday governing contraception coverage in the sweeping 2010 health care law that officials said more clearly respond to concerns from religious groups that object to this requirement. But it’s unclear if the new rules will shield the administration from charges that requiring employers who oppose contraception services to pay for them for workers is a violation of employers' religious freedom" (Carey, 6/28). Check out what else is on the blog.