Capsules: GOP Raises Concerns About 'Sebelius Shakedown'; Most Doctors Still Waiting On Medicaid Pay Raise; Angelina Jolie, Genetic Testing, And The ACA

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on reactions from Republican lawmakers regarding health law fundraising activities: "Senate GOP leaders Tuesday took issue with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for soliciting money from private groups to implement the law. Noting the Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative political organizations, the Republicans also said the IRS can’t be trusted to implement the health law" (Carey, 5/15).

In addition, Phil Galewitz reports on the status of a much-awaited Medicaid pay raise: "Five months after primary care doctors who treat Medicaid patients were supposed get a big pay raise, most physicians have yet to see it. Only three states have implemented the pay raise — Nevada, Michigan and Massachusetts, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians" (Galewitz, 5/14).

Also on Capsules, Diane Webber reports on some questions and answers about genetic testing and inherited cancer risks: "Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, is on the record with a quick post on Angelina Jolie's startling announcement in a New York Times op-ed that she has had a prophylactic double mastectomy to cut her inherited risk of breast cancer. Jolie's mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, died of cancer at age 56, and Jolie found through genetic testing that she carries the BRCA1 gene. Brawley, who has been an outspoken critic of overtesting, answers many important questions that Jolie's decision raises" (Webber, 5/14). Check out what else is on the blog.

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