Capsules: Iowa, South Dakota Blues Skip Obamacare Exchange Next Year; Study: Emergency Rooms Take Toll On Older Patients

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jay Hancock reports on news about the Blues in Iowa and South Dakota: "But on Monday Iowa and South Dakota became the second and third states in which there may be no Blues option when exchange consumers start shopping on Oct. 1. Citing concerns about its ability to deliver quality service as the marketplace ramps up, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield said it won't offer subsidized plans through those exchanges until 2015" (Hancock, 7/1).

Also on the blog, Kelsey Miller reports on a study about older patients in the emergency room: "The majority of older patients who go to emergency departments in several nations around the world are likely to start out with complex conditions that deteriorate after their visits, according to a study published in the June 25 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine" (Miller, 7/1). Check out what else is on the blog.

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