Capsules: Federal Insurance Marketplace Can't Yet 'Talk' To State Medicaid Agencies; Seattle Hospital Sues State Over Exclusion From Exchange Plan Networks

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Phil Galewitz reports on issues emerging between the federal online health insurance marketplace and state Medicaid agencies: "The health law's online insurance exchanges were supposed to be a one-stop shop where consumers browsing for coverage could enroll in a private health plan or in Medicaid if they qualified" (Galewitz, 10/4).

Also on the blog, reporting for the Seattle Times in partnership with KHN, Amy Snow Landa writes about a Seattle hospital's lawsuit: "Seattle Children’s Hospital filed suit Friday over the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s “failure to ensure adequate network coverage” in several of the health plans sold on the state’s new online insurance marketplace, called Washington Healthplanfinder. Most health plans now being sold through the state’s new health-insurance exchange do not include Seattle Children’s as an in-network provider. As a result, families that enroll in those plans could face significantly higher cost-sharing if they seek care at Children’s than if they seek care at the plans’ preferred providers" (Landa, 10/7). Check out what else is on the blog.

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