Capsules: Oregon Shows Costs Of Putting Medicaid Enrollees In Private Coverage; Obamacare Is No Stumbling Block For Taxpayers This Year

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Phil Galewitz reports on what past experience suggests about a Medicaid option being considered by some Republican states: "The Arkansas plan to expand Medicaid by paying for enrollees to buy private health insurance has been billed as a new option for states led by Republicans who are leery of the federal health overhaul. And it's getting attention from Republican leaders in Florida and Ohio, among other states. However, the strategy is not new. Oregon has been using this model for more than a decade --- with mixed results" (Galewitz, 3/29).

Also, Colorado Public Radio's Eric Whitney, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on a recent ad blitz by H&R Block: "Done your taxes yet? If you haven't, you might be feeling a little extra anxiety this year if you've seen this ad from H&R Block. Meg Sutton, H&R Block's senior advisor for tax and health care services, offered some details on what the big changes are" (Whitney, 3/29). Check out what else is on the blog.


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