Capsules: Medicare Officials Back Away From Changes To Rx Plan; Missouri Pulls Out Stops, But Lags Better-Funded Illinois Effort; Business Groups Split On Medicaid Expansion

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on the latest news regarding proposed changes to the Medicare drug program: "Facing heavy bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill as well as from patient groups, businesses, insurers and others, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Monday it did not plan to move ahead 'at this time' with several proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program" (Carey, 3/10). 

In addition, Phil Galewitz reports on the different business community views on Medicaid expansion: "With several states weighing whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health law, supporters are looking to powerful business groups to help sway skeptical state legislators. But those groups are split on the issue — just like the public at large" (Galewitz, 3/10). 

Also on Capsules, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Tara Kulash reports on enrollment efforts in Missouri: "Cover Missouri — a coalition of 400 organizations led by the Missouri Foundation for Health — has 130 enrollment events statewide this month. The St. Louis Effort for Aids, for example, planned the Rock Enroll event last Saturday" (Kulash, 3/10). Check out what else is on the blog.

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