Capsules: WellPoint Sees Small Employers Dropping Health Coverage; Schizophrenia, Suicide And One Family's Anguish; Current Insurance Costs For Individual Policies Vary Widely

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jay Hancock reports on news from WellPoint: "As the nation prepares to roll out the next phase of Obamacare, the second biggest medical insurer said Wednesday that it expects to lose members in health insurance plans sponsored by smaller employers. At the same time, WellPoint expects membership gains in self-insured employer plans and in the kind of individual plans that will be sold in subsidized exchanges starting Oct. 1" (Hancock, 7/24).

In addition, WNPR's Jeff Cohen, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on a family that had to confront schizophrenia and suicide: "Homer Bell was 54 years old when he committed suicide in April in a very public way — he laid down in front of a bus in his hometown of Hartford, Conn. It was the culmination of three decades of suffering endured by Bell and his family because of his illness, schizophrenia" (Cohen, 7/24).

Also on Capsules, Julie Appleby details a GAO report examining variations in individual insurance policy costs: "Now, the Government Accountability Office is weighing in with its own analysis of how much it costs now for policies offered in each of the 50 states. The report released Wednesday is based on prices reported by insurers to a government database and shows that consumers face a wide range of premium prices, deductibles and annual exposure to out-of-pocket costs, often depending on their age, health history, family size and where they live" (Appleby, 7/24). Check out what else is on the blog.

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