Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, a roundup of enrollment numbers from various states: "Enrollment in the health law’s marketplaces surged in December, and the administration’s report on the numbers made headlines on Monday — but the national story isn’t the whole story. Health care is delivered in 50 different state markets, and each state is implementing the health law with varying degrees of success and failure, enthusiasm and hostility. Reporters at NPR member stations around the country dove into the data the Obama administration released and delivered these dispatches" (1/16).
Also on the Capsules, Roni Caryn Rabin reports on the variation in costs for labor and delivery: "Hospital charges for labor and delivery vary so widely from one California medical center to another that some facilities charge women eight to 11 times more than others, according to a new study. Comparing nearly 110,000 uncomplicated births and Caesarean sections, researchers found the lowest charge for a vaginal birth involving an average woman was $3,296, while the highest was $37,227" (Rabin, 1/16). Check out what else is new on the blog.