Capsules: Facebook Raises The Status Of Organ Donation, Study Shows; Feds Seek Broad Payment Options For Exchanges

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Ankita Rao reports on a study tracking how Facebook raised the status of organ donation: "In May 2012, Facebook introduced an option that lets users add 'Organ Donor" to their profiles. … It also provided users a quick link to sign up for the national registry of organ, eye and tissue donors through Donate Life. … The results, as chronicled in a report released on Tuesday, were immediate. On the first day alone, more than 57,000 people added the label to their profiles, and 13,054 people registered to be donors online. A year later, 30,818 people had registered to be donors, about five times more than pre-Facebook rates" (Rao, 6/18).

Also on Capsules, Sarah Varney reports on feds' ideas about payment options for Obamacare customers: "Federal health officials have proposed that all health plans selling insurance on the new online marketplaces must allow for easy payment options for households without bank accounts or credit cards. The government's decision to mandate a menu of payment options including cashier's checks, money orders and re-loadable pre-paid debit cards comes amid increasing pressure from consumer advocates and business groups that are concerned low-income working families would be required to purchase health coverage under the Affordable Care Act but would have no way to pay their monthly bill (Varney, 6/18). Check out what else is on the blog.

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