Capsules: Sebelius Spends 3rd Day In Florida; Insurance Marketplace 101: Answering Consumer Questions; Attacking Raccoons Used In Washington State Insurance Ads

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, The Miami Herald's Daniel Chang, working in partnership with KHN, writes about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' latest Florida visit: "As home to nearly four million residents with no health insurance and state legislators opposed to Obamacare, Florida holds a large stake in the outcome of federal healthcare reform, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told students, local health officials and politicians during a visit to Miami Dade College Tuesday" (Chang, 9/18).

In addition, The Seattle Times' Amy Snow Landa, working in partnership with KHN, reports on Washington state's health exchange ad: "The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has begun airing television commercials as part of a stepped-up campaign to promote the state's online insurance marketplace, which opens for enrollment Oct. 1. The new TV spots convey the sobering message that going without health insurance is 'playing with chance' and could lead to a bad outcome" (Landa, 9/18).  

Also on the blog, KHN's Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby were hosted by the Washington Post’s Charity Brown yesterday for a live discussion with Post readers about how the new online marketplaces will work under the health law. A transcript of that discussion is posted (9/17). Check out what else is on the blog.

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