Capsules: Ryan Quizzes Sebelius On Savings Estimate From IPAB; Injured Who Lived Near Closed Trauma Centers More Likely To Die; Employers See Negligible Increase In Workers Participating In Job-Based Coverage

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on a Capitol Hill appearance by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: "On Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., asked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius how the agency determined that IPAB savings would be $12.9 billion over the next decade and why it was so much higher than the fiscal 2014 budget estimate, which was $4 billion. ‘The question is, where does it come from?’ Ryan asked'" (Carey, 3/13). 

In addition, Roni Caryn Rabin reports on a new California study of trauma centers: "Injured patients who had to travel an average 13 minutes longer to reach a hospital trauma center because a facility nearer to home had closed were more likely to die of their injuries in the hospital, according to a new California study" (Rabin, 3/13). 

Also on Capsules, Julie Appleby reports on a new survey of employers regarding workers and job-based coverage: "Employers saw only a tiny increase in enrollment in their health insurance plans this year, even as key provisions of the health law — including a requirement that nearly all Americans carry coverage or face a fine — went into effect, a survey by benefit firm Mercer finds" (Appleby, 3/12). Check out what else is on the blog.

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