Capsules: Humana Exec Predicts Obamacare Open Enrollment Extension; Retail Clinics Boom, But Still Small Part Of Overall Market

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Phil Galewitz writes about Humana’s assumption that the health law’s open enrollment period may be extended: "Humana, one of nation’s largest health insurers, said Wednesday that it expects the Obama administration to extend open enrollment for its troubled online marketplaces beyond March 31.  But a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Julie Bataille, said, 'Consumers still have ample time to enroll in the six-month open enrollment period'" (Galewitz, 11/6).

Also on the blog, Marissa Evans takes a look at retail clinics: "The percent of American families using retail clinics in the previous year nearly tripled between 2007 and 2010, from 1.2 percent of U.S. families to 2.9 percent, the study found. However, despite increased use, the study found overall utilization of the clinics remains modest" (Evans, 11/7). Check out what else is on the blog.

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