Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jenny Gold reports on a boost in community health center funding: "Once upon a time, there were the navigators, then the in-person assisters, and the certified application counselors. Now, add community health centers to the list of individuals and organizations available to help consumers sign up for the new health insurance marketplaces scheduled to open Oct. 1. On Thursday, the Obama administration pledged $150 million to help community health centers provide in-person enrollment assistance to uninsured patients" (Gold, 5/9).
Also on the blog, Mary Agnes Carey writes about the latest on the GOP and IPAB: "Note to the Obama administration: Don't wait by the phone for those GOP nominations to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel created in the health law to make recommendations to Congress on how to control Medicare costs. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, made it clear Thursday that neither he nor Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would be sending in any names for consideration" (Carey, 5/9).
In addition, Phil Galewitz reports on how four states that chose not to pursue a key parts of the health law are still gaining jobs from the overhaul: "Four states that have snubbed the federal health law by defaulting to the federal government to build new online insurance marketplaces and not agreeing to expand Medicaid are getting new jobs at call centers that will help consumers understand their new coverage options this fall" (Galewitz, 5/10). Check out what else is on the blog.