Capsules: Poll Finds Most Unaware of Tuesday Opening of Health Insurance Marketplaces; Medicare To Delay Enforcement Of New Observation Rule

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jordan Rau reports: "A new poll finds a majority of the public — especially those lacking health coverage — is unaware that new insurance marketplaces created by the health law are slated to open next week. The poll also found deep skepticism of media coverage of the law, with more than half the public saying they don't trust any media source to provide credible information" (Rau, 9/29).

Also on the blog, Susan Jaffe reports on a delay in the enforcment of the Medicare observation rule: "Medicare officials announced Thursday that they will delay enforcement of controversial new rules that define when hospital patients should receive observation care, rather than being admitted, a distinction that makes beneficiaries ineligible for follow-up nursing home coverage" (Jaffe, 9/27). Check out what else is on the blog.

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